|Jared biking in Moab last summer. Proof that diabetics can live a normal life!|
During a visit to Jared's pediatric endocrinologist a couple of years ago, the doctor told us something that Jared and I had never thought about before. Kids in developing countries, such as India or Africa, who get Type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes die from it within a year. (And trust me, it would NOT be a pleasant death, not at all). The reason is because either they cannot get insulin at all, or if insulin happens to be available, it often costs more than the family makes in an entire month or even an entire year! This was something that really hit us hard. Jared had been in a rough patch and complaining about diabetes a lot. This news effectively put a stop to that. His smart doctor helped him realize that though diabetes is a tough disease, he's blessed to be able to get what he needs to live with it. Sadly, a lot of kids in the world don't.
Today I am sharing this news just to make you aware that children are dying of diabetes because they can't get or afford insulin. It doesn't have to happen. There is a group devoted to providing insulin and other supplies to children with Type 1 diabetes around the world.
Insulin for Life USA is a non-profit organization that helps diabetic children in third world countries get the insulin that they need to live. To learn more about this problem or to help out, visit the website at www.insulinforlifeusa.org.