Not taking no for an answer... continuing to push for a Diabetes Doodle!

Perhaps you read the great post written by Amy in DiabetesMine, where she shared her own effort to try to make the Diabetes Doodle a reality:

I read the post yesterday and I initially reacted with a bit of dissapointment... still, I am not taking no for an answer, not yet at least.

So I wrote to a number of folks at Google, including their webmaster, who designs all the doodles. This is what I sent them:

Back in August I wrote Dennis Hwang, Google Webmaster, a message through LinkedIn suggesting an idea for a doodle centered around World Diabetes Day, this coming November 14:

To help drive the point home, we have partnered with dozens of other diabetes groups (nonprofit and for-profit) to collect signatures to kindly ask Google to take the idea of this doodle into consideration. To date, we have gathered more than 10,800 signatures:

I understand the planning for doodles is done months in advance (which is why I first started working on this project back in August) and that they probably tie in to concepts that may have a quirky element to them. To that extent, I wanted to suggest a few ideas that may help make the doodle a reality (for the benefit of more than 240 million people who live with diabetes worldwide) while fitting in with Google's brand and identity:
-Nov. 14 was chosen as World Diabetes Day because it marks the birthday of Frederick Banting, who, along with Charles Best, is credited with the discovery of insulin.
-The symbol of World Diabetes Day is a blue circle that symbolizes life and health. The color blue reflects the sky that unites all nations. The blue diabetes circle signifies the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes pandemic that now affects more than 250 million people worldwide and is responsible for more deaths globally than HIV/AIDS and Malaria combined.
-Nearly 500 iconic monuments are being lit up in blue to acknowledge this important day:

This clearly is personal to me... and I am sure you get flooded with requests like this one. Still, I hope that you will give this doodle consideration as something that will bring hope to a quarter of a billion people worldwide and awareness about a very important chronic condition to billions more who are not aware of how serious it is.

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Bless you Manny,we will never give up in all our campaigns regarding diabetes awareness and education.
Thank you for not giving up! We all need to keep pushing for this & for anything that furthers awareness. It's an incredible project & will take root.
Good for you, Manny! Would you add this link to my post, so everybody knows the fight is still on?

- AmyT
Sure thing, amiga!!
Way to go, Manny. I keep asking myself why people does not acknoledge diabetes the way they should. It's rather frustrating. :(
Two possible reasons: (1) Mary Tyler Moore and all the Type 1s and LADAs out there notwithstanding, the general belief is that "Juvenile diabetes is a children's disease" and that it doesn't affect adults; (2) that accepting Type 2 diabetes means accepting your risk of developing Type 2. Also, maybe (3) that this year's WDD emphasis is on children and on Type 1. Next year the theme moves over to Type 2, so there may be more interest overall.

Or maybe they just don't want to look at something that is considered to be a disease, or a chronic disease, or such. Which is pretty much the basis of their reply to Amy.
Grrrr! Apparently there aren't enought of us in the world!!! (Yet it is known as the diabetes epidemic...huh?) I don't get it.
Thanks for the work you do, Manny!
Even though we may not get it this year, I definitely think this petition and discussions should continue so hopefully we can have something on the books next year. Here's to a doodle!

Thanks for not giving up!!!!!!!!!Keep it going!!!!! The petition is over 11,500 today and still going strong!!!!!!




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