My last day at @DiabetesHF #memories

January 15, 2015, I shared the news about my stepping down from my role as President of the Diabetes Hands Foundation after having co-founded the organization back in 2008 with my wife, and having shared with my friends and colleagues some amazing times working towards a world where people touched by diabetes do not feel alone.

Since January, I have focused my time on two main things at DHF: (1) working with Melissa Lee, DHF’s new Interim Executive Director, to ensure a smooth hand-off (something I am happy to report, has been extremely successful)…

and (2) supporting the team led by our Head of Communities, Emily Coles, to bring TuDiabetes and EsTuDiabetes from Ning to Discourse, their new 2015 home. TuDiabetes has been migrated (though the team will continue to work, to smooth out the member experience over the course of the coming days and weeks), and EsTudiabetes will soon be migrated.

After seven years on the DHF journey (and eight since we first started TuDiabetes), today I can’t help but think back through some of the memories…

We’ve traveled places together…

Here’s our very first diabetes awareness campaign in 2007, “Word In Your Hand
(Not sure if you know that this is what brought the “Hands” part into the Diabetes Hands Foundation Name)

Here’s the Big Blue Test video we did with music from Capital Cities (before they were BIG!)

Bringing more voices of people with diabetes to FDA and to Congress…

Celebrating awards we received…

Making and keeping great friends…

Having silly moments…

And sad moments…

I am not going too far. Love you, guys!

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The best World Diabetes Day ever!!

These are photos from last night’s World Diabetes Day event at the Ferry Building here in San Francisco. After an amazing Big Blue Test in the course of the day, the event lighting up the building in blue with a great attendance by about 50-some people touched by diabetes really made yesterday the best World Diabetes Day ever!


Find more photos like this on TuDiabetes – A Community for People Touched by Diabetes

With Beth Kanter @ NTC 2009

Beth is the “nonprofitologist” of Social Media, i.e. one of the sharpest cookies around in terms of social media and nonprofits.

I had a chance to finally meet her and autograph her copy of “Ning For Dummies” while @ NTC last week. She recently held a giveaway of four copies of the book.