Spare A Rose: Save A Child

The International Diabetes Federation is an organization who provides life-saving diabetes supplies, medication, and education to children in developing countries. From February 1-14 is  their annual "Spare A Rose: Save A Child" campaign.

The idea is simple. This year, purchase one less rose for Valentine's Day, and donate the value to children with diabetes. Your loved one still gets flowers, and the both of you show love to children around the world who need it.

Shout out to our pal Kerri Sparling who made me aware of the program, and who is passionate to spread the word about this fabulous program. Here is a portion of a blog post she wrote:

We need you. Yes, you. You’re part of this, you know. If you are touched by diabetes in any way - the partner of, the friend of, the coworker of, the child of, the parent of, the neighbor of, a person with diabetes - please Spare A Rose.

I can't even imagine what it's like being a child or a family in a developing country without insulin, or any other essential medication. We talk about ways to support those in need all the time in my Family Medicine community. I encourage my readers to not only consider supporting this program, but also help spread the word in the best way possible, namely, the social media way. We all know the power of social media. Let's use it for good, and help spread this message.