Wow! Has it been a whole year since the United Nations passed the Resolution for a World Diabetes Day? It’s incredible how far we’ve come – both as a diabetes community and the whole world – and our celebration of World Diabetes Day is no exception!
At our last count, there are 831 incredible world monuments being lit blue this Friday evening, November 14. If you are wondering how we have this many wonders in the world to light up blue, here are a couple to spark your imagination and give you the travel bug: San Francisco’s own City Hall, the London Eye, Chicago’s Sears Tower, New York City’s Empire State Building, the Tokyo Tower in Japan, the CN Tower in Toronto, Niagara Falls (how cool??), the Sydney Opera House, the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai, the Bosphorous Bridge in Istanbul, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. Did we miss another wonder that people should make sure and check out? Let us know or check out the list of other world activities happening (www.worlddiabetesday.org).
Even though we are excited that we are uniting for diabetes today, remember that World Diabetes Day is an event to celebrate and raise awareness of diabetes, prevention, and prevention of complications. Let’s take the opportunity not only to get our beautiful blue monuments into the media but also our message about diabetes!
AND … if you live in San Francisco, please come celebrate with us at City Hall (Grove and Van Ness) at 5 pm – we have a case of donated champagne that we’d like to share as we toast to raising awareness. Amy Tenderich of DiabetesMine and Manny Hernandez of tuDiabetes organized the lighting along with diaTribe and ADA and we would LOVE to see you all there! VERY special thanks to J&J and Medtronic and for underwriting this lighting ~ their support was critical in convincing City Hall!
Hope to see you at 5 pm sharp, under the full moon!