Fact: Many people cannot afford insulin and other vital diabetes supplies.
Fact: Many children who are diagnosed with diabetes who do not have access to insulin will die within a year of diagnosis.
I’ve been lucky enough to have access to insulin and insurance to pay medical bills, and oftentimes, insurance still doesn’t cover the costs. Others don’t even have this option. So the International Diabetes Federation (idf.org) began the “Spare a Rose” campaign. It falls during February, which is often associated with Heart Health Awareness and Valentine’s Day. The mission is to spend what you would on 1 rose (approximately $5) and donate it to save a child’s life. Now, really, that $5 cup of coffee at Starbucks can be used for something else today, right? If you can, please donate! And please donate more than $5 if you are able. Here is the link: http://www.p4dc.com/spare-a-rose/. The campaign runs until February 14th!