$116,000,000,000 You Pay….What Comes Back?

moneyThe American Diabetes Association estimates that when it comes to diabetes 116 billion dollars (with a “b”) is spent on everything out of lost time which is an additional 58 billion dollars.

I believe there will be a solid advantage to the pharma world that is aligned with the place and/or organization that takes us closer to a cure, or is helping those in need on a larger scale–a thought occurred to me that I think needs addressing.

If you combined all—I mean all—of the money given to those focusing on research, you would come nowhere near the 300 million dollar mark annually.  That’s JDRF, DRI, ADA, Joslin, Barbara Davis, DECA, Columbia University, Minnesota, Harvard, and on and on and on; COMBINED. I believe my number of 300 million is very high for an annual amount.

For all that is given, spent, and utilized to care for all those with diabetes; all the fundraising combined is .25 of the total revenue spent on diabetes care annually; and almost all of that fund-raising is private philanthropy;  one-quarter of one percent!

Anyone else find that number to be slightly skewed? 

I get it.  Companies are in business to make a profit for their stock holders.  And many companies give a good deal; but are all of them giving even 1% back to the consumer in the form of a cure or helping those in need?

We now have many choices when it comes to diabetes supplies, maybe we should add,  “What are you doing to help?” to our decision process when choosing a company to purchase our supplies.  Maybe we should be asking more, what do you think? 

I am a diabetes dad.


Today is Giving Tuesday…..Did You Know That????? 3 GREAT Ways to Help.

Do you know what today is????

You had black friday; you had cyber Monday—-well now that you saved all that money–welcome to Giving Tuesday.  That is correct…..today is the day to show your support to the charity of your choice.

Now I have a few suggestions for you (well you know that was coming) just in case you are at a loss.

1. You can go to www.santaclausDRI2012.org and donate to either send a personalized letter from Santa to a child you know or even to just give a donation…..you’ll feel good about it.  All money supports the fabulous work of the Diabetes Research Institute….whatever you give will help.








2. Go to http://www.diabetesresearch.org/keep-calm-and-cure-diabetes and order a Keep Calm and Cure Diabetes t-shirt……very, very cool.





3. Send an e-Card https://www.diabetesresearch.org/send-an-ecard—very nice way to show you care.




So all of these great ways to help find a cure for diabetes and also to give on this day of Giving Tuesday….Thanks for caring.  You’ll feel good–even if it is just a little, everything helps.

I am a Diabetesdad