Spare a Rose, Save a Child


Around the world, lack of access to insulin is the most common cause of death for many children with diabetes. In fact, in some parts of the world, the estimated life expectancy of a child who has just developed diabetes could be less than a year. *

This Valentine’s Day our community can help change that.

Through the Spare a Rose, Save a Child campaign, we raise awareness and donations for Life for a Child, an International Diabetes Federation program which provides life-saving diabetes supplies, medication, and education that children in developing countries need to stay alive.

Spare a Rose, Save a Child is simple: buy one less rose this Valentine’s Day and donate the value of that flower to children with diabetes. Your loved one at home still gets flowers and you both show some love to children around the world who need it.

One rose, one month of life. A dozen roses, a year of life for a child with diabetes.  We’re hopeful that you will embrace this cause this year.

There are two things you can do to help:

1. Make a Donation to Life for a Child

2. Spread the Word

During the first two weeks of February (1-14), please help raise awareness for “Spare a Rose, Save a Child” by blogging, tweeting, Facebooking, etc. about the effort. We encourage you to use the marketing materials we’ve provided and reference our FAQs as you help us spread the word. Our goal this year is to engage people outside of the DOC too, so don’t forget to reach out to your family, friends, and colleagues.

We hope you’ll share in our effort to channel some of our love for our families into helping other families keep their loved ones alive. It is a simple but life-changing message and just a few dollars goes a long way. Spare a Rose also shows that the diabetes online community takes care of one another – both online and off – in America and around the world.


The Partnering for Diabetes Change team, on behalf of the Diabetes Online Community

If you love someone, call them today!

Today, at 9 am I heard the news of my friend Barbara Bancroft’s passing. She was a lady with a golden soul that touched SO MANY lives on TuDiabetes and offline…


The amazing @MrMikeLawson did this in memory of her

Barbara was a staunch believer and a relentless supporter of Diabetes Hands Foundation. She was a super-active member on TuDiabetes, as part of the admin team, a surrogate mom to so many that latched to her her understanding and motherly nature, a generous donor and chair of the community fundraising campaign 2012-2013 at Diabetes Hands Foundation (you can see some of her messages here and here), and above all… a great friend.

I had the fortune to meet her in person multiple times:

She joined us for a #TuDiabetes meetup at LOVE Park in Philadelphia, back in the summer of 2012:

Barbara and I, at the LOVE Park #TuDiabetes meet-up (Summer 2012)

Then, we had a lovely meal in King of Prussia as I was driving up the east coast in September of 2012:

With Barbara. You can see her license plate: JRTPUP. (Sep. 2012)

In April 2013, her family opened me their doors. I stayed with her, her brother, and her sister-in-law, for a couple of days, before and after a friend-raising event we had in Connecticut:

Barbara and I in front of her brother John’s home (April 2013)

August 2013 was the last time we saw each other. It was in Philadelphia for the AADE conference, where she was (as usual) a BIG helper at the DHF booth:

Mila, myself, Barbara, and Brian at our booth during AADE (Aug. 2013)

We stayed in touch through the rest of last year via email, text message, and occasional phone calls. Earlier this year, I heard through Emily Coles (Head of Communities at Diabetes Hands Foundation) that Barbara’s health had taken a turn for the worse. This was our last email exchange, dated January 7, 2014:

Me: I need to call you in the morning… How are you????
Barbara: Waiting 😉

I got busy. I didn’t call her the next day…

She was a cancer survivor. Last week, she had a stroke after an operation to discern if her cancer had recurred. She never regained consciousness.

I know Barbara would want me to forgive myself for not calling her when I said I would. But I cannot help but think that there was nothing more important for me to do than to call my friend when I told her I would, specially when she was going through so much.

You will be eternally missed, amiga.

Rest in peace, Barbara!