With the death recently of Doris Roberts, I reflected on not only just my meeting and working with her in diabetes causes; but with Peter Boyle and with many more in my life who chose to be involved. Much thanks to the show’s Creator Phil Rosenthal, a friend from my Hofstra days, for caring so much. I enjoyed working with them and they were not only incredible, they were professional and a delight to work with. And they are now, both, gone. A loss to the entertainment world and beyond.
But our mission remains, doesn’t it? I feel almost as if I owe it to them to work harder; as if in their honor, but not only just their honor. But many others as well. It cannot and will not be ‘up to celebrities’ to achieve our goals; that task is ours to reach.
I have heard it said many, many, times. At committee meetings, at event meetings, in the diabetes community and really across the board. It goes something like this; “To be successful, we must ‘get a celebrity’ for the awareness of XYZ.”
First of all, God Bless all the celebrities who take the time from their busy schedules to take part in giving back, no matter what the charity. It’s always GREAT to have a name representing any organization. In the diabetes world we have certainly had our share. Some REALLY BIG names.
But if I said; Dollars Against Diabetes (D.A.D.s Day/DRI), Walk to Cure Diabetes (JDRF), Tour de Cure (ADA) you would most likely know those names instantly. These events have raised, in excess, of a billion dollars across the globe. But here’s the thing, they did not gain recognition by celebrity involvement; they gained recognition by YOUR involvement. You see in as much as celebrity status is nice to point to and say look who is involved; it’s the grass-roots efforts of the people impacted that make the difference……..people like you!
So when we read about another child dying from undiagnosed T1D, and we get angry; AGAIN—-do we actually do anything? Maybe the folks at http://autoimmunediabetesalliance.org/ are onto something we all should jump on for this November 14th 2016; World Diabetes Day. Imagine if 1000 people signed up to post 100 flyers in their community. Imagine if these posters were in a location that were seen by just 1000 people in the course of the time they are hung in a library, a school, a supermarket etc.?
Do the math yet?
That would result in 100 million people seeing the message—-1/3 the US population.
Scouting troops, service organizations, school activity groups—–just print out 100 posters and get them up on or around; but by November 14th. You can go to the website above; they have great posters and so do:
If you have a site with posters and you are not listed—-PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ADD YOURS. There’s no monopoly on advocacy.
I enjoyed working with the celebrities over my tenure in this journey. Many of them. But still to this day the biggest and best way to get the word out is by us, getting the word out.
If I get enough feed back on this idea, I will reach out to the autoimmune diabetes alliance group to see if we can create a way for everyone to post where they will be running with this idea, wherever in the world. It was their idea in the first place; and it’s a GREAT idea.
This November 14th; Operation: No More Missed Diagnosis of T1D……………..maybe we can even get a celebrity spokesperson? You In?
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