Fall is arriving in all its usual glorious colors—pumpkin orange, apple red, forest green, and…blue? That’s right. Thanks to National Diabetes Awareness Month, blue is the color to flaunt this November.
This year, the type 1 diabetes (T1D) community will have ample opportunity to showcase its team spirit. November is truly a month of wonders—World Diabetes Day falls on November 14, the anniversary of insulin discoverer Frederick Banting’s birth. But even before that, on November 1, JDRF will be celebrating T1Day.
Inaugurated by JDRF on November 1, 2011 (11-1-11), T1Day is an occasion to use our collective voice to reach as many people around the world as we can, to raise awareness about T1D and celebrate the lives of those who live with T1D and those who love them.
What can you do to paint your own town blue? We have a few ideas. Wear your favorite blue outfit to school or work. Donate your Facebook status or cover photo to JDRF for a day. Gather your friends and organize a T1Day flash mob at a local park, shopping center, or even a street corner. Write to your local government officials to ask them to officially proclaim World Diabetes Day!
JDRF’s chapters and international affiliates are making their own exciting plans for National Diabetes Awareness Month, and they can help you put your own creative ideas to work too, so be sure to check in with your local JDRF team for more information. We at JDRF will be shouting from the rooftops (and the skyscrapers), and we want all of you to join us. Together, we can shout our way to a cure!
For the inside scoop on events through the month of November, visit our National Diabetes Awareness Month page.