Compare, Contrast, Give

Today I read an article on my iPad from the Wall Street Journal about Dexcom’s foray into Apple’s App Store, specifically an app that will display blood glucose values from their continuous glucose monitor on the soon-to-be released Apple Watch.

While the headline is all about Dexcom, the content of the article shifts somewhat dramatically to the work from the Nightscout community, and how their persistence (hence the #WeAreNotWaiting hashtag), brought the conversation about medical device use, regulatory approval, and FDA’s policies on health-related apps to the table much sooner than anyone anticipated.

After I that article, I read a blog post from Kerri about the Spare a Rose campaign. Given the knowledge that there are children with diabetes around the world without access to insulin, and a mere $5 donation means insulin and test strips for a month for a child in need – reread that first sentence.

Wall Street Journal. iPad. Dexcom. Apple Watch. When you see what kind of options we have, and compare it with the lack of opportunity others experience, the contrast in lives is quite stark.

I’m not asking you to apologize or feel guilty. I’m asking you to help make a difference. Help the Spare a Rose campaign provide insulin and test strips to children with diabetes in need.

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Spare A Rose

The Spare a Rose campaign kicks off on February 1.

The idea, as the title suggests, is that if you spare a rose in the bouquet of flowers you will (likely) buy your significant other for Valentine’s Day, and donate that money to Life of a Child, a child with diabetes will get insulin for a month. If you decide to spare a whole dozen, that means a year of insulin.

In trying to think of the best way to equate the cost of your donation, I tried looking up things $5 can buy. My thought process was that if you went without [thing you can spend $5 on] just once, that money can go to a great cause.

This search led me to http://hackthemenu.com/. Now I know prices vary by region, but for the most part (based on this site’s data, so take that with a grain of salt) we’re talking about skipping one trip to Starbucks so a child in need can have enough insulin to live for another month.

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Spare a Rose

In between counting snowflakes, and inches of snow in her backyard, Kerri informed me about the Spare a Rose, Save a Child campaign that the International Diabetes Federation is organizing during Valentine’s Day. Here’s a blurb:

Donations to the IDF Life for a Child Programme are carefully directed to key areas of diabetes care and management so that established paediatric diabetes centres and associations can provide the best possible care, given local circumstances, to all children and youth with diabetes in developing countries.

If you’re curious, you should definitely check out the IDF’s page and consider donating.

I tried to think of something else to add to this besides, “you should give this a go” but my creative juices aren’t doing their thing. So naturally, I turned to Tumblr.

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