Coming Together For a Purpose
I’ve always found the fervor around most holidays funny.
Let me explain. I find it interesting how holidays and big events bring out people’s comaraderie in a way that doesn’t exist most of the year. Everyone’s family around Christmas time, but as soon as January rolls around, the fuzzy feelings are lost. How many couples do something special for Valentine’s Day, then spend the next months sitting around and watching Netflix together? When people walk for a disease (diabetes or otherwise) and finish out the day, does the power of the group get lost as people head their separate ways?
We’re halfway through Diabetes Awareness Month, and it’s interesting to see how various PWD’s are participating. There have been people blogging about it, discussing it, and even forming events in their towns to bring more awareness not only to this disease, but to the oft-underrepresented type 1 struggle.
People come together in sparse instances, for limited time frames, and then things return to the status-quo. I wonder, will the end of the month bring about the same cycle? Possibly. In all fairness, probably. As it’s difficult to maintain the same level of enthusiasm and spirit year-round. But it doesn’t mean we can’t try. Crusading for a deeper understanding of the struggles type 1, and, in the end, a Practical Cure, shouldn’t be something that comes and goes. Why should the lack of a designated “holiday” keep people from pushing towards the same agenda?
So what should you do? A couple of things. First you should join the Alliance ( shameless self-promotion, I know), so you can stay informed on the goings-on in the type 1 world. Very soon we’ll be rolling out a new website with way more content than we ever had before, filled with all sorts of stuff important to you and your family. The second thing (and why you should continue to keep an eye on us in the coming weeks) will be our report “What Donors Can Do?”, which will outline multiple ways you can make a difference and let your voice for a Practical Cure for type 1 be heard. No matter who you are, there will be something on the list that can help us get just a little bit closer to a Practical Cure.
Until Next Time.