This past Saturday, Chris and I had the absolute honor of being Fran Carpentier's guests at the JDRF Promise Ball in NYC. At the Waldorf=Astoria hotel, where I felt waaaay out of my league but thrilled to be there.
We don't have the opportunity to rock the black tie very often, so it was a fun treat to get all dressed up again.
Chris and I at the gala, feeling rather spiffy.
Fran Carpentier, me, and Gina Capone with our big grins.
A D-Blogger sandwich, with Mr. Tom Karlya at the center.
The night was beautiful, with friends and wine and many laughs. With Mary Tyler Moore speaking to the crowd from years of experience with type 1 diabetes, and with Elaine Stritch backing her up in style, the crowd was impassioned, inspiring, and ready to spend.
And oh how they spend. I have never before seen 2.5 million dollars raised in the matter of an hour. One quick lift of a sign gifted the JDRF with tens of thousands of dollars. I sat there in awe, trying to keep the tears out of my eyes as people gave so much.
I don't know how many people in that room were living with diabetes themselves, but I know that at my table alone, Fran, Gina, and I tested our blood sugar before eating. I know that there were others in the room who were also living with this disease, like my friend Jon who I worked with at dLifeTV, and Allison, and several children who would grow up, just like we did, with type 1 diabetes.
The JDRF is a remarkable organization, but there's still so much left to do. I've been diabetic for 22 years and I have not yet seen a cure. Fran has been diabetic for 40 years, and has not yet seen a cure. Isn't it time? Time to tell people that diabetes doesn't go away, that it can't be ignored, and that it deserves the attention of the nation?
November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and we need to remind our country - our world - that we are still waiting for our cure. Raise your voices this month and let people know what life with diabetes is all about.