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.

Why I am excited about #WDC2015 World Diabetes Congress?

For a little over a year, I have been working with the Programme Committee in charge of putting together the World Diabetes Congress, as Deputy Lead for the “Living With Diabetes” track of the event, scheduled to take place in Vancouver, BC, Nov. 30 – Dec. 4, 2015.

Please join us for this event that brings together leadership in diabetes advocacy, science, education, and more from all over the world every two years.