Monday, October 2, 2017

Beyond Type 1 Power Up Campaign

This month, the whole month of October, I'll be fundraising for an organization super close to my heart, Beyond Type 1, as a captain for their Power Up campaign.

Why is Beyond Type 1 personally so meaningful to me? Apart from the great things they do, which I'll get to in a second, they are the ones who broke me out of my diabetes shell. Prior to writing my first article for them, I didn't talk about my diabetes much. When they asked me to write an article for them on life with a mystery illness and Type 1 years ago, I didn't know that this would be the gateway to a community I am so lucky to be a part of. I saw this Instagram wall full of faces showing off how they thrived beyond Type 1. They are the ones who helped me open up, and teach me to be proud to live with Type 1.

Beyond Type 1 has a motto; "Educate, Advocate, Cure", and so these are the three things their efforts go to.

What your donations can help:
  • As you can see on their site, 40% of people are in DKA when they are diagnosed. DKA is deadly, and we hear of far too many deaths from DKA, which is preventable! They are getting T1D warning signs posters up in pediatricians offices all around the states. The US is where they start from, but they plan on bringing this way further, and have already translated it into 15 different languages!
  • Beyond Type 1 also issues grants. This has included the Diabetes Research Institute, a documentary film called "The Human Trial", a diabetes camp called Camp Ho Mita Koda, Marjorie's fund, which empowers Type 1 teens in resource-poor areas, ViaCyte, the leader in researching pancreatic beta cell therapy, and many more, which you can see here:   
  • Their snail mail club, in which they pair up T1Ds from around the world as pen pals. Right now there are 4,000 participants in 50 countries! 

These are just a few of the amazing things Beyond Type 1 does. I am incredibly proud to be a Global Ambassador Council member for them, and as you can see, my power ups are being a cat mom, blogging, and taking pictures. Typical for me.

If you feel inclined to donate and be part of changing the world for people with Type 1 Diabetes in this way, here is a link to my donation page

Here's to powering up with Beyond Type 1.

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