FiveHumans: Curing Ignorance.
At the WDD event in NYC, there was this really nice guy who came up to me and said, "Okay, this is going to sound completely weird, but I think I know you from Facebook. Are you Kerri?"
And this is how I met Lee Fine from FiveHumans.com.
He was attending the World Diabetes Day event as one of the Discovery Health Ambassadors, and his words inpired the crowd. The company slogan of FiveHumans is "Ignorance is a curable disease." I'm so on board for that.
According to their website, "Dan Grunvald and Lee Fine (read Lee’s story here) first dreamed up the concept of producing t-shirts with slogans and information related to a variety of diseases, which they called Disease Tees. Their goal was to help raise awareness and provide a tangible opportunity for people to support a cause near and dear to them."
In 1999, Lee was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
Lee's diagnosis, in his own words: "The memory of sitting in the doctor’s office reviewing my blood test results is still fresh in my mind today. I was in complete disbelief. I had never felt so alone, so vulnerable, so nervous.
Since becoming a diabetic, my life has changed significantly. At times, I’m the model patient, while at other times, I’m the guy questioning my decisions, wondering when the heck I’ll get my act together. Hey, I’m Human, and as anyone with a disease will tell you, it’s a day to day affair. One thing I have done consistently is become an advocate for my disease. Before my diagnosis I knew more about the JFK conspiracy theories than I did the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, but through life experience I’ve become an expert on all things related to diabetes and I’m always eager to enlighten anyone who’s interested in learning."
It's remarkable to see people really taking advocacy to a higher, more tangible level. Their products are cool looking, yet they make you ask questions. Nicole (self-proclaimed Fourth Human) contacted me a few weeks ago and offered to send me one of their diabetes t-shirts. It arrived last week, and it is awesome.
To contact FiveHumans and share your story, click this link. And if you want to check out their clever selection of inspiring t-shirts, check out their online store. Take note: FiveHuman will be offering the 12 days of holiday giving starting December 1st, 2008. For 12 days they will offer a daily holiday promotion on their website.
Ignorance is a curable disease. And by spreading the word about diabetes, we're doing our part to at least cure ignorance. That's a change we can make today.