This blog was originally post on A Fresh POV for You at www.afreshpovforyou.com/spare-a-rose-save-a-child-today and reblogged with permission.

The past few years we’ve requested no roses on Valentine’s day and instead asked our husbands to make donations to the Spare A Rose, save a child campaign, a program of Life For A Child.

What is this all about?

If you are reading this blog, you probably know us and this program. But just in case….Life For A Child is a charity that helps diabetes programs in countries that do not have insulin and other diabetes supplies needed for young people living with type 1 diabetes to, …..well live! The vision seems so simple….no child should die of diabetes. Yet the scary reality is they do..

How can you help?

Spare a rose, save a child is pretty easy. Instead of a dozen roses, ask your special someone to only buy you 11 roses, and then donate $5, the cost of that one rose! One rose can provide life saving medicine and supplies for a full month for one child. Better yet, forgo the dozen roses all together and you can save a life for a whole year! Now that is a Valentine’s day gift to remember.

Several other people have written blogs this month to raise awareness of this life changing program. For just a sampling of the advocacy taking place this month, check out Renza’s blog Diabetogenic here and Stephen’s blog Happy Medium here.

Since we post our blog on Wednesdays and today is February 13th, we thought this would be a good last minute reminder that you don’t need to run to the store to make a meaningful difference tomorrow, just click and donate here and #SpareARose.

Reflecting on our recent blog on Gratitude, this Valentine’s day we are grateful for our diabetes community and want to give back. And since we learned that practicing gratitude can decrease stress and anxiety by activating the areas in the brain that the release feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine, this is really a gift that actually gives back to us!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

Deb and Tami

About the Author Ashley Ng

Pancreatically challenged, diabetes advocate, PhD student and dietitian - working to make positive changes within the diabetes community and healthcare setting. Although diagnosed at age of 19 with T2DM, the type of diabetes I have is under constant debate. Finally pumping as of March 2014.

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