Our growing community of diabetes advocates has always been inspiring, but now it looks like we have a whole new crop of people getting involved — the next generation! For example, Bennet Dunlap, author of the popular blog YDMV (Your Diabetes May Vary), now has help from his two teenagers, Kelley and Connor. Connor and their sister Delaney have type 1 diabetes, while Kelley does not. And Kelley is spearheading an amazing film project.
She wrote to me recently about this project, which launches at this summer's Children with Diabetes Friends for Life conference in Orlando, Florida, happening June 30 - July 4. Kelley, her family, and a friend who is a film student at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, will be creating and screening a series of short films on-site at the hotel entitled TheBetes:Now. These shorts, described as "sketches," will be playing throughout the conference:
"We are particularly enthusiastic about CWD's suggestion that these films could be shown in a continual loop at the registration desk," says Kelley. "This allows us to update the loop daily, highlight coming events, and show the daily successes of Friends for Life. We hope theBetes:Now will affirm parents' decision to attend Friends for Life by giving them a window into their children's positive experiences."
Among the series of shorts is one called "TheBetes 24/7," which will be a collection of 30 to 40 five-second shorts in which members of the diabetes community talk about an aspect of life with type 1 diabetes. Another portion of the project is Your FFL, where Friends for Life attendees can submit their personal photographs via text message, e-mail or drop them off at a collection station.
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the Betes:Now 24/7 - An Introduction
In Kelley's letter, she writes, "(Life) changed in the obvious ways — needles, blood, the development of a sixth carb-estimating sense — but it changed in other, more subtle ways too. For all the heartache and stress that type 1 has heaped on my family, it has also provided us with an amazing community full of knowledge and support."
Looks like we have the makings of yet another inspirational advocate on our hands! Congrats to Bennet, the proud Dad. I look forward to seeing how Kelley's project plays out. And if you are planning to attend Friends for Life, I encourage you to check it out!
Edit: Now you can check out Kelley and Connor's website on TheBetes:Now project!