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Spare a Rose This Valentine’s Day and Help Save the Lives of Children with Diabetes

Diabetes Online Community Supports Fundraiser in February to Benefit International Diabetes Federation’s Life for a Child Program.

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — 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.

“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,” saidKerri 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 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.

Any member of the online community wanting to promote Spare a Rose, Save a Child can visitwww.SpareARose.org and download the image to host on their site as well.

To “spare a rose” (or more) and make a donation directly to the Life for a Child program, please visitwww.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 Childprogram, 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.

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 P4DC
Partnering for Diabetes Change (P4DC) is a coalition of people living with diabetes and of industry representatives who seek to address unmet needs in diabetes. P4DC aims to validate the role of peer support in diabetes management, minimize the stigma of diabetes, and ultimately support underserved communities. It was formed in January 2013.

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