People whose Internet home page is the ubiquitous Google.com know about the "doodles" that sometimes appear there. They are the playful alterations to the "Google" logo that commemorate holidays, special occasions, and notable anniversaries. Many millions see this site every day. But, as yet, there has been no diabetes-related doodle.
An online petition wants to change that. Begun by Manny Hernandez of TuDiabetes and David Edelman of Diabetes Daily, the petition “kindly request[s] that Google light their home page doodle in blue to raise awareness for World Diabetes Day,” which falls on November 14. World Diabetes Day was initiated by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in 1991 and was recognized by the United Nations in 2006. Its goal is to increase the understanding of diabetes, its symptoms, and its treatment through various awareness-raising events and publications. The theme of this year’s World Diabetes Day is diabetes in children and adolescents.
You can help increase awareness of diabetes by adding your name to the thousands who have already signed the petition. And if, as seems likely, Google won’t make the change this year, the petition may have an effect in years to come.
This blog post was written by Assistant Editor David Golann.