During the last few months I have written posts that I thought were important. But none have been as important as this one.
As you may know, I have declared War on Diabetes. That was not a symbolic gesture. That was the first step in a larger plan to actually eradicate Diabetes. I continue to find facts that just make me a bit nuts and my frustration levels with the current methods to battle Diabetes continues to grow.
In the past I would have been content to let the “professionals” fight the battle. They have knowledge, experience and money, so they should be able to fight Diabetes most effectively. Well, in my opinion, that is not happening. It’s been too well documented that Diabetes, and especially Type 2 Diabetes, is growing very quickly by about 1,700,000 million new Diabetics in the United States alone. There are 23,800,000 new Diabetics in the world each year.
Based on the number of new Diabetics the status quo is not doing a good enough job of eliminating the disease – good grief, it’s growing! How many people will Diabetes have to kill to make things begin to happen? In the United States there are about 235,000 deaths each year from Diabetes (based on 2007 numbers); in the world, according to the World Health Organization there are about 3,400,000 deaths from Diabetes each year (based on 2004 numbers).
When is enough, enough?
Well, I have had enough. As a result, I am in the process of creating a non-profit with the goal of eradicating Diabetes. The War On Diabetes will have as its goals:
- Education and awareness training on Diabetes and Prediabates
- Making A1c testing more available in more convenient locations
- Providing information and programs so those with Prediabetes can reverse the condition or postpone the onset of Diabetes
- Partner with the best already developed programs and bring them to folks
- Partner with local organizations so care and follow-up can be provided
- Connect those already diagnosed with Diabetes in order to create formal and informal support groups; Diabetes is a lonely disease.
I know I seek to do a lot and have sought the advice and counsel of others before making this step. People who know me intimately, and who would tell me the truth, unanimously told me to “go for it.” This is not just a fight for you; it’s a fight for your children and your grandchildren. It’s the fight of a generation and for a generations to come.
The first step is to get non-profit status. Please go to War On Diabetes and help in anyway you can. I don’t need a lot of money, just a bit to get started. It’s just been posted in the last few days and this is my first announcement. I’d like to raise the money within the next two weeks. Nobody knows the seriousness of Diabetes like you do – and how it can effect lives.
I not only need money, I need help in the areas of Publicity/Marketing (this is the most important marketing problem facing health today); CPA to help me set-up appropriate ‘books;’ bloggers who will contribute to the WarOnDiabetes.org (yes, it’s registered) site; and things I can’t even think of right now. If you have a bit of time, let me know. Together we can make changes. You can reach me through email by using the form below.
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As always, thank you for reading.