Spare a Rose, Save a Child with Diabetes for Valentine’s Day

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A dozen roses may be a symbol of love in February, but one single rose can be a symbol for life for children with diabetes.

The Diabetes Online Community (DOC) is encouraging people to buy one less rose this Valentine’s Day and donate the difference in cost to the annual Spare a Rose, Save a Child initiative.  Now in its fourth year, Spare a Rose, Save a Child – initiated by the Partnering for Diabetes Change Coalition (P4DC) – supports the International Diabetes Federation’s (IDF) Life for a Child program, which provides life-saving diabetes supplies to children in developing countries.

People are encouraged to take the typical “dozen roses,” so popular onValentine’s Day, and donate the value of one rose to spare the life of a child.

“Since its start in 2013, Spare a Rose has raised nearly $56,000 through the generosity of those who have chosen to make a simple donation for the lives of 1,000 children with diabetes in need worldwide,” said Kerri Sparling.  “But there are countless others who still need help, and that’s why we’re pushing to make this year’s campaign our best ever.  Such a small donation makes such a difference in these children’s lives.”

Spare a Rose Save a Child LogoSpare a Rose, Save a Child will run from February 1-14, 2016. To raise awareness and garner support for the fundraiser, members of the DOC will highlight Spare a Rose through their respective online and social media channels by blogging, tweeting (#SpareARose), and posting on Facebook.

According to the IDF, there are more than 497,000 children with Type 1 diabetes under the age of 15. For those children in developing countries, the lack of access to insulin, monitoring equipment, and expert care can be life-threatening.   In fact, in some parts of the world, the estimated life expectancy of a child who has developed diabetes could be less than a year.  The IDF’s Life for a Child program works hard to change that through this sustainable and innovative support program where individuals, families, and organizations contribute monetary or in-kind donations that help children living with diabetes in 43 countries.

“The Spare a Rose fundraiser is such a simple way to make a big impact this holiday – and your loved ones will appreciate the gesture much more than the extra rose,” said Bennet Dunlap.

To “spare a rose” (or more) and make a donation directly to the Life for a Child program, please visit www.SpareARose.org.

About Spare a Rose, Save a Child
Spare a Rose, Save a Child is an online effort that raises money and awareness for IDF’s Life for a Child program, which provides life-saving diabetes supplies to children in developing countries. Initiated by a group of members from the Diabetes Online Community in 2013, the idea behind this effort is simple: people are encouraged to take the typical “dozen roses,” so popular onValentine’s Day, and donate the value of one rose to spare the life of a child.

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