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Sign & Share to Cure Diabetes NOW!

2 Apr

It’s simple, really. JDRF is the world’s preeminent type 1 diabetes fundraising organization. Dr. Denise Faustman at the Faustman Lab is on track to cure type 1 diabetes once and for all. So why doesn’t JDRF give Dr Faustman some cash?

That’s a loaded question, but here’s the point: you can sign my Change.org petition right now, and share it with friends, to DEMAND that JDRF send the Faustman Lab $1Million by the end of the year.

Yep, they’ve got that kind of cash. In fact, JDRF often throws it in all kinds of puzzling directions – like when they donated a cool $20Million to Johnson & Johnson… Yeah, I’m sure they really needed that.

I’m tired of having type 1 diabetes. I’m also tired of JDRF giving us hard-working fundraisers the run-around on why they don’t support Dr F’s research. It comes down to politics, and that’s pretty damn irrelevant to MY pancreas.

Please sign and share with everyone and their mother! Thanks!

PS Please wish the amazing Will Cross a happy birthday tomorrow! He was the first type 1 diabetic mountaineer to summit all 7 highest peaks on every continent! Love ya Will! (PSS – I totally talked to him on the phone when I was planning my own mountaineering expeditions. He’s so awesome!

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Happy 102nd International Women’s Day! ♀♡

8 Mar

Celebrate! Yay! We’ve come so far, nationally and globally. But there is much to be done. Patriarchy is the law of the land, and women and girls suffer infinitely because of it.

But there is hope. Not only are we close to achieving certain #MDGS (Millennium Development Goals), but organizations around the world are identifying obstacles, appropriating resources, and implementing solutions.

The best part of International Women’s Day is that warm, fuzzy feeling, when all your year-round hard work amongst advocates everywhere is highlighted in a mainstream way, and you see the results of such work: real change. But a lot of the coverage I have seen lately is on solidarity, momentum, consciousness-raising, and awareness. All of those are all well and good, and indeed, the foundation of change itself. But as we all know, caring is not enough. Not even if everyone cared.

Left to right: Christy Turlington-Burns, Stella Mukasa, (Director of Gender Violence and Rights at ICRW), Sarah Degnan Kambou (ICRW President), Andrea Mitchell (NBC Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent), Michael Elliott, (President of the ONE Campaign), and Ravi Verma (ICRW Asia Director)

Left to right: Christy Turlington-Burns, Stella Mukasa, (Director of Gender Violence and Rights at ICRW), Sarah Degnan Kambou (ICRW President), Andrea Mitchell (NBC Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent), Michael Elliott, (President of the ONE Campaign), and Ravi Verma (ICRW Asia Director)

Our bleeding hearts may break together, but even our collective, synchronized heartbeats won’t deafen reality: we must do more, while simultaneously keeping our voices aimed at raising the profile of the issue. We must work on the issue from all angles, simultaneously, in tandem with one another. Balancing this is hard work.

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