I am in constant amazement about how massively ACTIVE the cancer patient community is. Not that we aren't active in diabetes, but when I sit and realize that there are fifteen 3-day long 60-mile walks organized to raise awareness around breast cancer alone, I am in awe and can't help but think we can learn a lot from the cancer movement.
Two things that strike me when I read about the work groups like the Susan G. Komen for the Cure do are:
"Eighty-five percent of the net proceeds raised from the Breast Cancer 3-Day will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which is leading the global movement to end breast cancer forever, by funding research and community outreach programs.
Fifteen percent of the net proceeds from the Breast Cancer 3-Day benefit the National Philanthropic
Trust Breast Cancer Fund, a special field of interest fund that will provide support for breast cancer
initiatives including research, treatment, prevention and education."
1) They are a global movement.
2) Their work has room for awareness and for research for a cure.
Diabetes is a global epidemic. Yet, it seems to me we are SO fragmented in our thinking about it and how it affects us all.
Did you know there is a global entity called International Diabetes Federation? If you didn't and even if you did, I invite you to check out their main web site and become familiarized with their work and see how you can become involved. At the bottom of their home page, they list other sites they run in their work to promote diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide.