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Spare a Rose to Save a Child This Valentine's Day

Diabetes Online Community Encourages Public to Support International Diabetes Federation's Life for a Child Program

BERKELEY, Calif., Jan. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- One rose, one month of life. A dozen roses, a year of life for a child with diabetes.

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For the second consecutive year, the Diabetes Hands Foundation, is joining with the Diabetes Online Community (DOC) to encourage people to buy one less rose this Valentine's Day and donate the value of that flower to their Spare a Rose, Save a Child initiative in support of the International Diabetes Federation's (IDF) Life for a Child program, which provides life-saving diabetes supplies to children in developing countries.  

"The introduction of Spare a Rose last year was met with great enthusiasm from the Diabetes Online Community; in fact, we raised over $3,000 in just one week! This year, we hope even more people – both within and outside of the DOC – will participate so we can build on last year's success," said Kerri Sparling, of Six Until Me blog. 

The initiative will run from February 1-14, 2014. Leading up to and during that time, members of the DOC will feature the "Spare a Rose, Save a Child" banner ad on their respective websites in addition to blogging, tweeting (#sparearose), and posting on Facebook in an effort to raise money and awareness for this important cause. 

The IDF estimates there are approximately 371 million people in the world living with diabetes, and among them 490,000 children with type 1 diabetes under the age of 15. Unfortunately, many of the youths in developing countries need access to insulin, monitoring equipment, and expert care. The IDF's Life for a Child program is a sustainable and innovative support program in which individuals, families, and organizations contribute monetary or in-kind donations that help over 12,000 children living with diabetes in 43 countries. 

"Participating in Spare a Rose is an easy way to make a difference," said Manny Hernandez, president of Diabetes Hands Foundation. "It's a way to give your loved one a meaningful gift, and you both show love to children around the world who need it." The Diabetes Hands Foundation brings together people touched by diabetes for positive change so that nobody living with this condition ever feels alone. It joins the call to promote the Spare a Rose Save a Child effort.  Individuals can download the image to host on their site as well. Links to download the banner ad can be found at www.SpareARose.org

To 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 take the typical "dozen roses," so popular on Valentine's Day, and donate the value of one rose to spare the life of a child. The initiative's outreach efforts are supported by Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Solutions Companies.

About Life for a Child
The International Diabetes Federation Life for a Child program was established in 2000 with support from the Australian Diabetes Council and HOPE worldwide. It is an innovative and sustainable support program in which individuals, families and organizations contribute monetary or in-kind donations to help children with diabetes in developing countries. www.idf.org/lifeforachild 

About the International Diabetes Federation (IDF)
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is an umbrella organization of over 200 national diabetes associations in over 160 countries. It represents the interests of the growing number of people with diabetes and those at risk. The Federation has been leading the global diabetes community since 1950. The mission of the International Diabetes Federation is to promote diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide. www.idf.org 

Media Contact: Bennet Dunlap, Diabetes Hands Foundation, 215 740 7719, Bennet[email protected]

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