Diabetes Awareness Month comes to a close for another year today. I think we can all be proud that we did our very best to be heard. There were hundreds and thousands of blog posts, grassroots education campaigns, and local meet-ups.
We lit up the world!
We gave "Blue Fridays" a new meaning!
The Big Blue Test campaign was a huge-mongous success! (Congrats and we love you, Manny!)
On top of that, research progressed, as ever. I just read yesterday that scientists seem to have finally discovered the way in which the body controls BG levels following a meal; a mechanism called a M3-muscarinic receptor "undergoes a specific change... that triggers insulin release and the control of blood sugar levels." That's got to help move the needle towards better understanding and treating of this illness, no?
Meanwhile, here at the 'Mine we had two contests going for the month of November. Huge kudos to our winners, being announced for the first time today:
RWANDA TEAM TYPE 1 STRIP-A-THON INITIATIVE
Read here about how this competitive cycling team of type 1 diabetics has been working hard to collect life-saving diabetes supplies for children in Rwanda this month — all the while riding a grueling course of almost 750 miles across that country.
We asked readers to participate in the Strip-A-Thon, and then leave comments here as messages to the CWDs (children with diabetes) of Rwanda. Of those who participated, we picked two people at random using the online tool random.org.
The lucky winners of an excellent collection of Team Type 1 gear, plus samples of diabetes and sports products from their sponsors are:
* You will be contacted shortly to claim your prizes. Congrats!
TYPE-1 UNIVERSITY LOGO CONTEST
This was a competition of design skill in which we asked readers to create the best possible logo for a new diabetes-education virtual seminar series called Type-1 University, launching on January 4. It comes from famous CDE and author Gary Scheiner, based in Pennsylvania.
From the pool of too-cool-school logos submitted, Gary and his crew have selected the following:
Congrats to the D-OC's best-known graphic designer Gina Capone for this winning sketch*!
(* includes a few modifications requested by Gary)
Gina is the lucky winner of... free lifetime access to all Type-1 University webinars. Value = priceless!
It's nice to have a little somethin'-somethin' to give back to all those who gave so much of themselves this November ;)