A surprising statistic - according to the Missouri Department of Health, roughly one in every eleven adults in the Kansas City area has diabetes. With numbers like that, it's almost impossible that the average Kansas Citian can get through the day without coming in contact with at least one person with diabetes, and probably several.
But what do we know about helping someone with diabetes? For most of us, that answer is, "Not much." Most of know little more than we've picked up from watching television or movies, which are not always reliable sources of information.
Author and passionate diabetes advocate Cherie Burbach has brought her down-to-earth style to the topic withi her book 21 Simple Things You Can Do To Help Someone With Diabetes. She stopped in today at Examiner.com on her virtual book tour to talk about things that you can do locally.
Easy Ways to Get Involved in the Fight Against Diabetes
Think being a diabetes advocate is difficult? No way. There are plenty of simple things you can do to help in the fight for a cure. Here are just a few.
Make a Donation
Don't think that you have to give a lot to make an impact. Even giving just a few dollars adds up with other donations to aid in research and treatment. Log on to http://www.diabetes.org/ to make a donation today.
Refer Someone to H&R Block
For every new client that the Kansas City Chapter of JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) refers to H&R Block, they get a $25 donation. Log on to the website , email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 816-472-7997 for more information. Hurry though! This offer runs only through April 15th.
Dodge for a Cause
Dodgeball has its benefits! In this case, it's helping diabetes. From April 17-18, 2010 at the Perceptive Software Headquarters there will be a charity dodgeball game. To register, visit Dodge For A Cause.
Fast Pitch Softball Tournament - Benefiting JDRF
On April 23-25, 2010 at the Mid America West Complex - Shawnee, KS there is a fast pitch softball tournament to benefit JDRF. For more info, visit Midwest Sports Productions.
These events are just for April. Check out the JDRF Kansas City Chapter website to find out about more events in the upcoming months.
Need more ideas? Here are some even simpler things you can do right now:
Find out more about the disease. Part of the reason I wrote 21 Simple Things You Can Do for Someone With Diabetes is because so many of my friends and loved ones didn't have a clue as to what the disease really meant. Having knowledge about the disease helps your diabetic friend, and they will appreciate it!
Offer support. It only takes a minute to ask a diabetic how they are doing. Since diabetes is a chronic disease, it's nice to have someone inquire after our good health.
Write your legislators to make sure diabetes funding increases. Check the American Diabetes website for more info: diabetes.org.
Cherie Burbach is an author, blogger, poet, crocheter, and geek. She loves football and is obsessed with anything having to do with the Green Bay Packers or Tudor history.