Berkeley Man Fights Against Diabetes On Twitter

By Rachel Davidson
|  Thursday, Feb 14, 2013  |  Updated 2:36 PM PDT
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This Valentine’s Day a Berkeley man is using social media to encourage people around the country to save the money they would have spent on flowers and donate them instead to help fight diabetes.

Manny Hernandez already reaches audiences across the nation with his blog, “Diabetes Hands Foundation,” as a high-profile diabetes blogger. This holiday, he’s using his fame to spur an initiative driven by social media to raise money for the International Diabetes Foundation’s Life for a Child program.

“Spare a Rose, Save a Child” is a week-long initiative held until Saturday where participants will feature a banner ad on their respective web sites, blog about the event, post to Facebook, as well as tweet with #sparearose to raise awareness and gain support for this important cause.

The foundation is an umbrella organization made up of over 200 national diabetes associations and visible in over 160 countries. The organization estimates that of 366 million people in the world diagnosed with diabetes, as many as 490,000 children under the age of 15 are affected with Type 1 diabetes. The foundation's vision is simply put; ‘No Child Should Die of Diabetes.’

Anybody online is encouraged to show support for this cause by hosting the banner ad on their website or profile, which can be downloaded here.

To make a donation to the Life for a Child program, visit here

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