Getting a jump on Diabetes Awareness Month (coming in November), Novo Nordisk, Discovery Health and the JDRF today launched something called Young Voices Unite — a national online video campaign, inspired by the book published by Novo Nordisk a few years ago.
They're inviting teens and young adults affected by Type 1 diabetes to submit a 1-minute video message with: 1) their personal story and 2) how our next president can help change the future of diabetes. Discovery Health will give the videos national exposure and for each video submission, Novo Nordisk will donate funds to JDRF (up to $25,000).
It's weird how many contests are popping up for diabetes these days. To think: years ago, who ever singled people out for being inspirational with a chronic illness? Today, we've got all kinds of honorary awards and creative competitions...
The top 10 videos selected in this program will be featured during the World Diabetes Day Young Voices: Life with Diabetes Forum in New York City. Submitting videos is free of charge and can be done at www.DiscoveryHealth.com. The deadline is October 24th!
A brief word from the organizers:
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"As you well know, among the life-changing experiences during the transition from adolescence to adulthood, teens and young adults who live with type 1 diabetes are confronted with unique crossroads such as, "Will my parents trust that I will be okay in college?"; "How do I tell my boyfriend or girlfriend?"; "How do I get my parents to trust that I can manage my disease?" We are hoping to hear from people currently going through these transitions as well as those who remember going through them.
We hope everyone affected by diabetes will take advantage of this opportunity to get their desires, attitudes, wishes and needs about diabetes heard! Additional information is available HERE."