September 14, 2016
BENEFITING: Beyond Type 1
ORGANIZER: Beyond Type 1
My name is Samantha and I've had type 1 diabetes (T1D) for almost 25 years. That is a quarter century of living daily with an incurable disease that requires constant monitoring, endless injections, finger pricks, and relentless fear of complications.
As a person with T1D, I'm asking for your support of Beyond Type 1 during the Revlon Love is On campaign for two reasons. The first is that BT1 is changing what it means to live with a chronic disease. They are a new brand of philanthropy leveraging the power of social media and technology. By educating the global community about this autoimmune disease, as well as providing resources and support for those living with Type 1, they are bridging the gap from diagnosis to cure, empowering people to both live well today and funding a better tomorrow.
The second reason I am supporting Beyond Type 1 is that their work in the community has revolutionized my life and changed the way that I think of myself as a person with diabetes. BT1 gave me a voice when I didn't know I had one, allowing me to share the story of my struggle growing up with T1D; a story of depression, anger, sadness, health problems, and eventually, renewal. When this story was published, it healed me, and also opened the conversation for others to share their own struggles, many of which echoed my own.
Through their social media campaigns, they have united the T1D community and shown us all that we are not alone. Were it not for their wonderful Snail Mail Club, I never would have met Lilah, a 9-year-old girl with T1D who is now my penpal and forever friend. My bond with Lilah is my motivation to make healthy choices, and my bond with the community is my motivation to fundraise, advocate, and raise awareness about T1D.
Beyond Type 1 has done so much for me and our community, now it's our turn to return the favor. Please consider making a donation today, and ensuring a better future for me and the millions of others living with type 1 diabetes