Wednesday, November 14, 2007

World Diabetes Day, 2007

The big day has finally arrived. Today is the first annual World Diabetes Day. It is a day set aside to promote awareness of a disease that kills millions of people every year.

I am so excited that this day has come to fruition and is as big as it is. I just want to hug whoever came up with the idea. Having this day set aside to promote diabetes awareness is a huge step towards making life better for those who are diagnosed with diabetes.

I have other things on my mind today too. But, that will have to wait for a later post.

I found this video on the World Diabetes Day website. It is the London Eye. I cried when I saw it. Just thinking of all the people all over the world that have banded together for this day is overwhelming.


6 comments:

Chris said...

Penny,
I am so lucky to know one of the youth ambassadors that advocated to the UN for this resolution. His name it Josh Manusow.
http://www.unitefordiabetes.org/youth/ambassadors/joshua_manusow/index.html
He is an outstanding person doing extraordinary things.
I will hug him for you next time i see him! How does that sound?

Penny said...

Thanks, Chris. That would be great.

Can you give him a big, wet, sloppy kiss from me too? Or is that asking too much?

Caro said...

I've been down at the London Eye this evening. Seeing it in person, and the ten foot high letters projected on the wall of the Shell Centre spelling out 'World Diabetes Day'... I very nearly cried too.

We have to all be in this together. It's the only way to drive change a the only way to hang in there in the mean time.

Penny said...

Caro,

The first thing I thought of when I saw it was you. I wondered if you got to see it.

Naomi said...

It certainly is an amazing sight. *sigh*

Jillian said...

All of these events are really amazing and I am glad that it is happening. I hope that a lot of awareness stems from this day.

I am glad that my sister's writing was able to give you a glimpse into the thoughts of a sibling of a diabetic child. I can not imagine what it must be like to all of a sudden have to share your parents with another child whose name is diabetes.