Wanted: Santa’s Elves—-Don’t do Nothing

This is a pet project of mine.

Last year I ran a fund raising event that was fun and worth while.  I sent personal letters to children, from Santa Claus.

Parents would make a donation to the DRI and we would send a letter from Santa Claus; complete with stamp from the North Pole.

Kids with diabetes; kids without; siblings to kids with diabetes, parents sent me the personal information and they absolutely loved when their kids opened the letters personally addressed to them that talked about their personal lives.

“My daughter’s face was priceless; Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.”  ‘M’ from California.

This year I’m looking to grow this program and I am looking for Santa’s helpers to help write the letters.  We will supply you with everything you need.  Letterhead, example letters, stamps for the envelope and even the postage stamps.  You do not have to collect money at all—just help write letters which will be letters printed from your computer. 

So this holiday season, help find a cure AND make the holidays happy with a letter from Santa.  If you are interested; just hit reply to this post and someone will get back to you about the program.  Your ‘reply’ will not show up anywhere as I have to approve them before they are public.  I will use it to see your information and I will get back to you.

It is simple and fun—-get involved—do something.

Thank you,

I’m a diabetes dad.

The Worst Kind of Diabetes is………

You Have a Job to do.

Diabetes Awareness month is November. 

We’re not going to wait.   Too many are getting it wrong now, today.  Do something today that could have an impact on Diabetes Awareness Month for 2012.  Ready?

The worst form of diabetes…….is getting it wrong.   Find a newspaper in your area and either email or send a letter.  Here is the copy of my actual letter that I sent to Mr. Fred Groser, Publisher of Newsday, here on Long Island; and I also sent to the Vice President of Editorial Services for Cablevsion—it took me 7 minutes and 37 seconds to do both.  If needed, take mine and tweak/edit as needed……but do it.

Dear Mr. Groser,

My name is Tom Karlya and I am an online writer about diabetes (www.diabetesdad.org and www.dlife.com/diabetsdad), active in many diabetes causes, and probably most importantly; I am a father to two children who live with Type 1 Diabetes everyday.

 As I’m sure you know, November is Diabetes Awareness month and I, along with thousands of people across the nation who are touched by this insidious disease, are writing to our local media to ask that should you run any stories about diabetes; PLEASE make sure you ‘get it’ right.

When referring to Type 2 Diabetes designate it as such; and the same with Type 1 Diabetes, or Gestational Diabetes, or to whichever form of diabetes you are referring.  There is so much misunderstanding and confusion about diabetes, help us educate the public to understand fully by being specific where needed.

Thank you for your time.  You can contact me directly or feel free to reach out to the Diabetes Advocates at info@diabetesadvocates.org; their website is www.diabetesadvocates.org; they will be glad to answer any questions you have about the different forms of diabetes.  Thank you for your support during diabetes awareness month.



Imagine if just 1000 people did this to two forms of media across the country this week getting ready for Diabetes Awareness month.  You can even cut and paste what I have given and tweak it. 

November is Diabetes Awareness Month and today …is…..is…..um……’help the media get it right in November’ day……..so let’s go.

If we don’t try to correct the problem, we cannot complain when they get it wrong.  Should you do it, send me a response to let me know the name of the newspaper and in what city and state.  This is an easy one, but one that can surely have an impact….let’s do it together.  ‘Don’t  do nothing’…….and do it today.

I’m a diabetesdad.