Some Diabetes Advocacy Goodies.
Some bits and pieces that I wanted to get out as soon as possible, seeing as how I've been under the weather for a few days and falling wicked behind on just about everything. Here are some diabetes advocacy bits I've been meaning to share!
The NYC support group I visited a few weeks ago has outgrown its Tuesday meetings and is now spilling over into a third meeting, at the end of each month at The Cure Thrift Shop. If you are in the NYC area and you have next Thursday free, here are the details:
First meeting: Thursday, June 25th, 7:30PM-9PM
Meets every last Thursday of the month
Meeting location: Cure Thrift Shop
111 East 12th Street (btwn 3rd and 4th aves),
New York, NY 10003
No cost or commitment. All adults with T 1 diabetes welcome, newly diagnosed or old D veterans. Get in touch to let them know you're interested/RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org
I will not be able to make the first meeting (will be in Philadelphia for a conference) but if you are able to meet this fantastic group of women, I HIGHLY suggest you do just that.
Next on tap is some news I received from the JDRF about their fabulous Children's Congress. According to the press release, "Some 150 children and teenagers throughout the U.S., and several from around the world have been selected to travel to Washington, D.C. this summer to represent their state and country and remind Congress and the Administration of the critical need to find a cure for a disease they live with every day— type 1 (or juvenile) diabetes.
These children—ages 4 to 17, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and all diagnosed with type 1 diabetes—will converge on Washington, D.C., to tell their stories and urge lawmakers to help find a cure during the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Children’s Congress 2009, from June 22 to 24."
Also part of this Congress is Nick Jonas (OMG he is so hot ... if you're 15), who will be testifying to request federal funding for diabetes research. With Nick will be Mary Tyler Moore and Sugar Ray Leonard, locking it down for diabetes research. This is a very cool event indeed.
And lastly, as I mentioned before, I'll be in Philadelphia on June 24th - 26th for a conference, then hanging out with some members of the diabetes community. If you are local to the Philly area and would like to join us for a diabetes meet-up on Thursday night, please email me at kerri (at) sixuntilme (dot) com (with the subject line "Philly"). Would LOVE to have you join us, if you can!
That's all I have for the moment. More stuff coming later, as I sift through emails. :)