This is my first year participating in Diabetes Art Day. Lee Ann Thill started this project in 2010. 2014 marks the fifth year that people with diabetes and/or affected by diabetes are using art to share their stories and emotions along with increasing awareness about diabetes.
My art expresses my feelings about everyone in the Diabetes Online Community (DOC) and pays particular tribute to two of the brightest stars whom we have lost in recent weeks. First is Barbara Bancroft who was an active participant at TuDiabetes with the screen name of jrtpup. She was beloved by members of that community and you can read the many tributes to her here. Secondly I am honoring Dean Devalerio, a fellow Minnesotan. I knew Dean online through Facebook and was fortunate to get to know him in person through our Type 1 Saturday meet-up group. Although he was a new friend to me, others of our group had known him a long time and the community of PWD’s in the Twin Cities will have a little less sparkle without Dean. Dean was one of the early supporters of Diabetes Art Day and this year’s Art Day is dedicated to him.
My “art” uses stars made from the sparkly blue attachments collected from my Animas Ping pump reservoirs. I call it “The Stars of the DOC.”
To view the 2014 Gallery for Diabetes Art Day, go here and then select the 2014 Gallery or browse through the artwork from previous years.
The Diabetes Online Community has come together again in 2014 to sponsor the Spare a Rose, Save a Child campaign. The message is simple, but powerful. Buy one less rose this Valentine’s Day and donate that $5 to the Life for a Child program sponsored by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). Your gift of $5 will provide a month of insulin and diabetes supplies for a child in parts of the world where these life-saving medications and supplies are desperately needed. Or consider donating the equivalent of a dozen roses and giving a year of life to a child with diabetes.
The website for Spare a Rose, Save a Child was created by members of the DOC as a source of information about the Spare a Rose program. If you are a blogger, you can find links and images at this site to use to spread the important message about this campaign. This one-page information sheet will tell you everything you need to become involved.
If you wish to donate, use this donation form to send your gift directly to the IDF using PayPal. Please note the down arrow that gives you choices of how much to donate. (Spare 1 Rose = $5 = 1 month of Life for a Child. 2 Roses = 2 Months and other options up to 2 dozen roses for 2 years of life for a child.)
As we approach Valentine’s Day 2014, let us all be generous in sharing our bounty with children all over the world. To us, a rose is small. To a child with diabetes, that rose represents another day, another month, another year of life.
To donate, click on this image.