“Spare a Rose, Save a Child” With Diabetes This Valentine’s Day

Children with Type 1 diabetes in less-resourced countries often deal with the early onset of serious complications or even die due to lack of insulin or experienced medical care. To help change that, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is continuing the “Spare a Rose, Save a Child” campaign, started by members of the diabetes online community in 2013.

The campaign raises funds for the IDF’s “Life for a Child” program, which “supports recognized childhood and youth diabetes centers in lower-income countries, strengthening the care they provide by providing insulin and other diabetes supplies, technical support, and training.”

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To participate in the “Spare a Rose” program, just purchase one less rose this Valentine’s Day and donate the value of that flower to the Life for a Child campaign. Sparing one rose will help provide a child with diabetes with the insulin, blood glucose monitoring, and health care he or she needs for one month, while sparing a dozen roses will help support a child for a year.

To learn more, see the “Spare a Rose, Save a Child” page. And to spread the word, download and share one of the various “Spare a Rose” social media covers and logos available on the Life for a Child website.

This blog entry was written by Senior Digital Editor Diane Fennell.

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