A World Diabetes Day doodle… 8 years in the making

I write this on November 14, World Diabetes Day. This day is marks the birthdate of Sir Frederick Banting, whom we credit for the discovery of insulin.

In April 2008, my wife Andreina and I co-founded Diabetes Hands Foundation. In October of that year, we partnered with many of our friends to ask Google for a World Diabetes Day doodle. That petition did not succeed.

Four years later, in 2012, we tried a different approach, deciding to ask Doodle for a Frederick Banting doodle. That petition (now with more than 15,000 signatures) also did not succeed.

Today, we wake up to the first ever Frederick Banting doodle…
world-diabetes-day-doodle-2016-frederick-banting and the level of awareness something as “simple” as a doodle is generating is mind boggling!

Thank you, Google! It took 8 years, but better late than never.

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