Inside look at the Macy’s Parade…….Not Too Unlike……Well, US!

macys-paradeWell tomorrow is Thanksgiving……one of my favorite holidays.  Clearly one of the most famous parades in the world will begin their march from uptown to downtown delighting the faces of millions of children and even a few adults at the same time.

For years I had the honor and the privilege to having but one job in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade…….to get those huge balloons from start to finish.  Leaving my house at 3:30 am and driving to New York where there was an incredible electricity of excitement behind the scenes.  Thousands of volunteers and tens of thousands of man hours to make a complexity of activity flow seamlessly for the parade watchers both along the route and at home on their televisions.

We all trained for some time with those giant balloons.  A Pilot, 2 co-Pilots, a Captain, 2 co-Captains, 2 vehicles with a crew of 4 on each, two NYC Police Officers and even up to 70+ handlers all for just one balloon.  Getting ready in our white or black jumpsuits there are many high-fives and biddings of ‘Good Flight’ as we all make our way uptown to the upper East Side.  “Good Flight” is where the team works together for a successful trip through the entire parade route until the balloons are put away for next year.

The timing is crucial, and we are all connected via headsets as communication is key. Wind velocity with gusts are measured throughout and especially at every open cross street, obstacles are constantly being avoided (Street lamps have all been turned away to help), and away we go.  Launched……and all of those faces. It is a feeling of huge success when our job is completed and the balloons are all packed away.  Hours and hours of preparation—for a two-hour march.

It is all of those incredibly smiling faces that make it all worth it.  From fingers pointing to gasps, the faces of the children are just amazing.  One giant team to benefit all those kids.  I guess when you think about it—-not too unlike our wonderful diabetes community.  One big giant team to benefit so many.  There is so much to be thankful for during this holiday, my list is long and my heart is full.  Thank you to all of you who do so much to make this world a better place.

And on Friday, the diabetes community will all be back it again…..trying to make a difference because that is what we do.  Back at it.  “Good Flight” to all, and a most joyous and peaceful Thanksgiving to everyone.
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DO YOU WANT to Make a Child’s Face Surprised…..Read Here to Find Out How!

santa-boySanta needs helpers this year.  Within the next few days, a Santa letter writing campaign will be announced by the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation.  People request letters, PERSONAL letters, from Santa to their child.  Perhaps Santa will mention what they want for Christmas, or the name of their pet, or even that a child is doing well while managing their diabetes.  All personal.

Well Santa needs elves to help write these letters.  Marie is the head elf and she coordinates this great campaign each year and she will explain the program.   It’s simple and you will feel so good knowing what a child’s face will look like.  What Elf Marie needs from you, is just the willingness to respond back within 24 hours with a completed letter to a child; you are given what is needed…..Elf Marie will teach you everything you need to know…..it’s easy….you just need to be able to get the letter done within 24 hours.  You will FEEL SO GOOD doing these letters.

If you want to help, please email me at tkarlya@drif.org and write in the subject line Santa’s Elf; and I will pass along to Elf Marie who will reach out to you with further instructions.
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Hey, Can Your HS/College Kids Help the DRI Get $10,000?

halo-ice-creamNow I tried Halo, my daughter tried Halo Ice Cream, it’s a great tasting and pretty good nutrient value; and Kaitlyn informs me that her blood sugars did not spike when eating it.  So, not bad….in fact pretty good.  But of course, it’s different in each person as you well know.

Here’s the deal.  Halo Ice Cream will give $1.00 per Instagram hashtag
#RaiseYourSpoon.  Now, in case you are not a fan of this deal, I can assure you that it is the real deal.  So if you want to help us reach the $10,000 donation from Halo, here is what you do……grab a cool picture and go to INSTAGRAM, and hashtag it
#RaiseYourSpoon….for each hashtag on Instagram, the DRI will receive $1.00 up to 10 thousand dollars.  So ask your high school and college aged-kids to go to Instagram and hashtag a photo #RaiseYourSpoon.

If they/you do not have a picture, use the one here.  This is November, Diabetes Awareness Month……why not help raise money without having to give a penny, post the hashtag #RaiseYourSpoon on a photo in Instagram and help us get to our goal of 10,000 hashtags which will translate into $10,000 to the important research being done at the DRI for a biological cure.

This is easy.  So help spread the word and help the DRI to receive $10,000 from Halo Creamery.  But remember to hashtag #RaiseYourSpoon on anything posted.  Share with your college kids and high school kids and ask them to share with their friends. They can share on FB and Twitter but the hashtag ONLY counts on Instagram.
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Fair disclosure—as most know already, I’m an employee of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation.

On This World Diabetes Day……I Think……of You!

birthday-cakeWhen Lou Gehrig retired from baseball he said, in his farewell speech, that he was probably one of the luckiest men on earth…..I know the feeling.  Not because of diabetes, I wish that was not in the factoring at all but in a way it is.  What is in the factoring……is YOU.

If I attempted to name the so many people who have taught me, showed me, challenged me, and above all; enriched my life since beginning this journey–undoubtedly I would miss someone so I will not attempt it.  But that does not mean I think of so many on this day because I do.  It’s not because of diabetes we met, it is because YOU CHOSE not to accept the roadblock given to you.  There are millions of people with diabetes who I will never meet, but my life has been so blessed with people who have decided to just, ‘don’t do nothing’ that our lives HAVE BECOME entwined.

Because you chose to advocate, learn, share, give, take, and live by the rule that ‘diabetes just will not do’ in your life that our paths have crossed and I’m one lucky man for knowing you.

November 14th, the birth date for Dr. Frederick Banting who discovered insulin, and is recognized as World Diabetes Day is indeed, today.  My celebration will never be about diabetes, I hate it and want it eradicated.  I WILL, however, celebrate the lives of my children who live everyday to full gusto even with diabetes.  I WILL, however, celebrate each and every one of you who have blessed my life in this journey.  I WILL, however, celebrate all off those working daily to making a difference for those with diabetes to live better managed lives and hopefully a day when it will be cured.

That is World Diabetes Dad to me and I thank each of you for being part, any part, of this journey with us.
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NEWSBREAK: The Story of (Kisses for) Kycie; from her Mom and Dad

kycieElizabeth Stein was diagnosed with T1D at age 10.  Elizabeth did not like to dance, Elizabeth LOVED to dance.  In 2000, as a neighborhood fundraiser in her Orlando community, she created Dancing for Diabetes.  Diabetes would stop her…..from nothing.

Elizabeth holds her event every November, this year’s being number 16, to better the awareness of diabetes.  I will write about the event in an upcoming article, but something happened at the event that I would like to share with you and Elizabeth, wanted me to share it as well.

Each year, at the start of the second act, young people, all with diabetes, present a dance number especially for them, this year there were 24 kids showing diabetes as Elizabeth has, will stop them from nothing….and dance they did.

The second act always begins with a video to make her audience better aware of an aspect of diabetes. Her awareness this year was about the missed diagnosis of T1D.
She interviewed some people about this and I was fortunate to be included.  We knew what it was about, but was not told the entire story.  You see Elizabeth also flew to Utah and interviewed the parents of Kycie, who we all knew from Kisses for Kycie.

This is 16 minutes long and be aware; it’s not an easy watch.  But PLEASE know this; Kycie’s parents do not want this story to end, they want it to begin.  They want, just as Reegan’s parents want, the world to know and to be aware of diabetes.

Yes, get angry, and surely feel free to cry; but when it’s over also know that you can help accomplish what Kycie’s parents want, what Elizabeth wants, what Reegan’s family wants—-to spread the word about T1D being missed as a diagnosis.  Without anything further, I present Elizabeth Stein’s story regarding Kycie.  Click Kycie’s picture to begin the video.

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ATTENTION OMNIPOD USERS—Something Easy, Again, for this Month

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Have a GREAT DAY.

Thank you.

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Something YOU CAN DO that’s REAL EASY for Diabetes Awareness Month

save-a-childs-lifeVery simple.  It has been all over social media that people are dying from the missed diagnosis of diabetes, and specifically type 1 diabetes.  We are entering flu season.
November is DIABETES AWARENESS month……help educate the public.
Here is a PSA to warn those, especially those who do not know anything about diabetes.   Copy and paste this link somewhere not in the diabetes community.  School FB page, team sports, PTA, local hospital FB page…..please consider posting it somewhere today……you just might save a life……and it is so simple….
copy-paste-post-done.
You’ll feel good about making a difference.
https://youtu.be/hm12lcM4zkI

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This Month IS NOT for the Diabetes Community….it’s for Those Who Know Nothing!!!!

diabetes-blue-circleWell, it’s here.  It’s November 1st.  It’s the beginning of Diabetes Awareness Month. My article today is going to be very short.  This month is not for you or for me.  We ARE AWARE ALREADY of diabetes.  I do not choose this month to celebrate that my kids CHOOSE to live a great life with this stupid disease.  We DO THAT all year round.

NO.

This is Diabetes Awareness Month….to make people…….aware.  THAT SHOULD BE your single focus this month.  To do something so those outside our community are made aware of what diabetes is and in fact, why not take a poster from BeyondType1.org or GetDiabetesRight.org and place them up in your community.

We are aware already, touting what we know can be a large dose of spent energy.  Just Don’t Do Nothing this month of Diabetes Awareness……..do something so another does not die from being misdiagnosed.  Do something so someone says, “Oh, that is the difference between T1D and T2D.”  Do something and post in a social media site, THAT IS NOT part of the diabetes community.

Most of us dealing with in a loved one, or dealing with it as a person with diabetes…….WE KNOW.  This month, share something with those who do not and it will be a true Diabetes Awareness Month.

Diabetes is what they have, not who they are.  Let others know the difference.
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NEWSBREAK: T1D Hero to Make History This Weekend in Talledega

ryan-reed-carIt’s not only his unquenchable thirst to succeed;  it’s not only his drive to win; it’s not even his incredible relationship with the folks at Lilly Diabetes that keeps so many pulling for him—-it’s the way; at every turn (pun intended) Ryan Reed grabs the spotlight by the ears and points it at himself for, but, one reason.  In his words, “….not only to drive…..but more importantly, the opportunity to encourage and educate people who are living with diabetes and  those who care for them.  We will continue to share the message about diabetes awareness……”

Inspirational.  Educational.  Directly, with humility and charm.

THIS is why Ryan Reed is a hero…….big time.  And every time I’m with him, and his family, I feel like I’m just a friend of his mom’s—-because, you see, that’s how the Reeds make you feel; like you are part of their family.

But make no mistake about it, when Ryan climbs into that #16 car with the words LILLY DIABETES on the hood in big letters——-IT-IS-ALL-BUSINESS.  And that business will take Ryan Reed this weekend to a place that no one has ever gone before as he makes history as the ONLY DRIVER actively managing diabetes to race at the Sprint Cup Level.

This, a young man who was told just five years ago after his diagnosis of T1D, that he would never race again.  To Ryan, his mom, his dad……THAT was just unacceptable. And Ryan takes every chance he can to take the opportunity so kids know what he has learned; diabetes should stop them………………from nothing.

He doesn’t just say it…….he lives it…………and at 200 plus miles per hour.

After an incredibly close call last week…..Ryan has rebounded, ONCE AGAIN, to show the world that his diabetes IS NOT WHO he is.

The leading team of racing, Roush Fenway Racing has just signed a multi-year renewal agreement for Ryan to continue with them behind the wheel…..and now, in addition to the Xfinity Series; he is entering the NASCAR SPRINT SERIES.

He not only took the Xfinity Race in Daytona just over a year ago, not only qualified for the 2016 inaugural Xfinity Series Chase, now he enters the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as well.  Race car driving is, indeed, like dancing with a buzz saw.  Ryan is at a trajectory of success which inspires everyone living with diabetes and a whole bunch of us who don’t.  Breathtaking to say the least.

Best of luck to Ryan, his family and to Lilly Diabetes who is the driving engine (pun intended again) to making it all happen as Ryan’s Sponsor.

WOW…………………..Start your engines indeed!!!!!!!!

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NEWSBREAK: Did You Cry Over Reegan, Kycie and Others—–a $1,000,000 Group Helping!!!!!

blue-candle-smokeThe blue candle.  Lit so many times, and I would dare say the most amount of times, has been when the diagnosis of diabetes was missed.  We have talked about it a million times.

We have also talked about the idea of corporate America backing diabetes causes. Well now the two things we have wished for; stopping kids from dying—and corporate America being part in the diabetes community are on a main roadway to become one……and this diabetes cause needs out help.

You may know some things about BeyondType1.org but what I am pretty sure the masses DO NOT know is that I have been in the room with Tom and Sarah (a mom to a T1D) from this organization, I have seen anger in their faces and tears in their eyes.
And through all of that Sarah has stated to me;  “We pledge to help make a difference in this battle”.

With an awareness campaign that we could have only dreamed of, they are going into organizations state-by-state with other moms, with an awareness campaign we could have only dreamed of when we started this battle.  With their membership, their ‘funky’-sort-of-style, their celebrity connections, they are utilizing everything they have to make amazing inroads. Sarah, was, and has been, true to her word. BeyondTyoe1.org is working diligently to end this; but it takes a lot.

And now they are positioned to be given 1 million dollars from Revlon.
ONE MILLION DOLLARS.
But they need out help.  They have pledged to continue this fight and it can get expensive.  We wanted corporations to be involved…..well BeyondType1.org went out and is trying to get them involved BIG TIME.  There is this competition challenge thrown out by Revlon called The Revlon, Love is on, One Million Dollar Challenge.  Over 100 charities are vying for 1 million dollars….whoever raises the most amount of money by time this contest ends this in the next week is given 1 million dollars by Revlon.

It looks like, right now, our friends at Beyond Type1 are third in this race with over $313,000 raised—–and they are not far behind number one which is at about $360,000. Let’s help Beyond Type 1 continue to help our battle against the missed diagnosis of T1D.  Posters, outreach, printing all costs money—-they have put celebs behind this effort as well…..they are really trying to help, lets help them as they are already knee-deep in the efforts of making sure not one more child dies from this disease not being diagnosed.

Their efforts have been monumental.

Did you light a blue candle?  Did you cry?  DId you get angry?  If many people give a little, BeyondType1 will catch up and become the number one spot.  I get it; we are all involved with many wonderful organizations; but if ever this effort meant something and tugged at your heart, please find a few bucks to help them—–we all talk about it ALL THE TIME why is not the diabetes community involved ‘in something like that”?  Well now a member of our diabetes community is not INVOLVED IN SOMETHING LIKE THAT, they are positioned to win the entire thing with our help.  Let’s give and help an organization that so wants to eradicate kids dying from missed diagnosis.  You cared enough to cry, please care enough to give.

Let’s extinguish the blue candle on missed diagnosis of T1D.  BUT IT IS OVER THIS WEEK SO PLEASE GIVE TODAY.   Thank you for caring about the voices who cannot speak for themselves.
Click here to donate to them, this effort, and to gain more information.

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