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Spare a Rose 2018

Diabetes Advocacy February 1, 2018 2 Comments

Today kicks off the 2018 Spare a Rose campaign, and I’m revisiting a post from 2015 because it illustrates why we should, and how easy it can be to, make a difference. *   *   * “Mom, what is that rose?” she asked as colored at the kitchen table. “It is part of a thing I’m working on that…


Spare a Rose 2016: Final Totals.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Insulin, Real Life Diabetes February 25, 2016 No Comments

In 2016 the diabetes community, both online and off, made a huge difference for children with type 1 diabetes in developing countries.  This year’s Spare a Rose campaign raised $25,331 from 537 donations, saving 422 children. Read that again, please? Four hundred and twenty-two children. Through the endless generosity of people in this community, donating their time to share the…



Diabetes Advocacy February 8, 2016 5 Comments

Low blood sugars have become moments that scare me more now than they did when I was younger, mostly because the symptoms of my lows have all but disappeared until I’m deep into the 40’s. It’s shocking to my system to have that gentle lag and foggy confusion suddenly open into the abyss of a properly symptomatic low, bringing about…


Spare a Rose 2016

Uncategorized February 1, 2016 6 Comments

From February 1 – 14, the diabetes online community is hosting our annual Spare A Rose campaign.  You remember that one, right?  The one where you send eleven roses instead of twelve on Valentine’s Day, taking the value of that saved rose (averaged out to $5) and donating that to the International Diabetes Federation’s Life for a Child program, which…


Guest Post: #SpareARose and Symplur.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes April 3, 2015 2 Comments

I’m late with today’s post, but it’s a good one.  🙂  This afternoon, Chris Snider of A Consequence of Hypoglycemia has contributed a guest post about Symplur and the Spare a Rose, Save a Child campaign.  It’s an in-depth look at how the stats of the #sparearose hashtag campaign influenced the spread of the message.  This post is an interesting…


Spare a Rose: 2015 Results.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Insulin February 25, 2015 4 Comments

This year, the total raised for IDF’s Life for a Child program through the Spare a Rose, Save a Child campaign was $24,229. We aimed to raise money and awareness for kids in developing countries who are without resources and insulin, and we raised money.  And awareness.  For the third year running, the diabetes community as a whole pledged their…