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Friday, November 14, 2008

World Diabetes Day TODAY!

I've donned my blue apparel (including socks and shoes!) and am telling people that today is World Diabetes Day.  I shared with my (fairly new) coworkers earlier this week that today was coming, and to wear blue in support, and they actually did it!  Yahoo!

Now, you may ask "what is WDD?".  I think Kerri from Six Until Me did a great job of explaining it in an interview with Getting Better:

"It’s a global awareness campaign that was started in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation. The United Nations recognized the event for the first time in 2007. It’s a day that directs the world’s attention to diabetes and the epidemic its become and the effort it takes to manage it. On World Diabetes Day bloggers want to spread the word that diabetes is not an invisible disease. It affects lives every day, and it deserves the world’s attention."

So, I'm spreading the word.  Today is a day to support the Diabetes community and Diabetes research.  You can do this by donating to the JDRF or DRI, you can read and better educate yourself on the truths and myths of the disease (check out some of the blogs on my blogroll over there on the left for some good places to start), or you can show your support to a PWD (person with diabetes) who you care about.  And in case you don't know how to show support, here's a good Do's and Don'ts guide to help you.

Finally, one of the coolest things (I think) about WDD is the number of international buildings and monuments being lit in blue to commemorate this day.  You can see a map and list here and here.

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