Fall is arriving in all its usual glorious colors—pumpkin orange, apple red, forest green, and … blue? That’s right. Thanks to National Diabetes Awareness Month, blue is the color to flaunt this November.
This year’s theme is “All for 1!” and the type 1 diabetes (T1D) community will have ample opportunity to showcase its team spirit. November is truly a month of wonders—World Diabetes Day falls on November 14, the anniversary of insulin discoverer Frederick Banting’s birth. But even before that, on November 1, JDRF will be celebrating the second annual T1Day.
Inaugurated by JDRF on November 1, 2011 (11-1-11), T1Day is an occasion to use our collective voice to reach as many people around the world as we can, to raise awareness about T1D and celebrate the lives of those who live with T1D and those who love them.
Just a few of the plans we have in store: the national office of JDRF is creating public service announcements that can be submitted to local newspapers; some chapters are organizing groups to deck themselves in “JDRF blue” and join the audiences of local television news shows; the Empire State Building in New York City will be lit up in blue on World Diabetes Day; and on T1Day, JDRF will be posting a continual stream of updates via its Facebook page and Tweeting every one minute past the hour, every hour. This is just a sample of the plans we’re putting into action. For the inside scoop on these and other exciting events, visit JDRF’s Facebook page and follow us on Twitter, now through the month of November.
This year, there’s an especially meaningful way to get involved—as an advocate. JDRF’s most important advocacy goal this year is convincing Congress to renew the Special Diabetes Program (SDP). Established in 1997, the SDP has supported numerous crucial advances in T1D science and helped deliver new treatments to people with T1D. To read more about its remarkable history and learn how you can help, click here.
What can you do to paint your own town blue? We have a few ideas. Wear your favorite blue outfit to school or work. Register to join the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes. Donate your Facebook status or cover photo to JDRF for a day. Gather your friends and organize a T1Day flash mob at a local park, shopping center, or even a street corner. Ask a local restaurant to host a “Dine for Diabetes” day, when patrons can add a donation to JDRF to their check. Write to your local government officials to ask them to officially proclaim World Diabetes Day!
JDRF’s 100-plus chapters and seven international affiliates are making their own exciting plans for National Diabetes Awareness Month, and they can help you put your own creative ideas to work too, so be sure to check in with your local JDRF team for more information. We at JDRF will be shouting from the rooftops (and the skyscrapers), and we want all of you to join us. Together, we can shout our way to a cure!