“Celebrities with Type 1”
“Type 1 Famous People”
“Professional Athletes with Diabetes”
After Isabella’s diagnosis I searched. I searched…and I hoped. I searched and I found what I had been so sure existed. And I was relieved. Relieved to know that our daughter had “them” on her side. She would have “them” to provide the name we needed to trigger some recognition…to trigger some action. I knew that as long as we could count on these people, there was no way Isabella would be living with Type 1 Diabetes ten years from now.
It’s their responsibility, after all…isn’t it?
This morning R&B star Usher announced on the TODAY Show that one of his young sons was diagnosed with T1D this past year .
“This year has been really one of my hardest years – I lost my grandmother, my son was diagnosed as being a type one diabetic. It has definitely been a difficult one for me, man,” he said.
And with that admission, we scored big. Suit up, Mr. Raymond, and take your place alongside Ray Allen, Nick Jonas, Bret Michaels, Jay Cutler and the handful of others whose families have been turned upside down by a T1D diagnosis. Suit up and get ready for one of the most important gigs of your life. Suit up and be prepared to be an advocate for…
Yes, it’s a bonus for us to have someone like you on our team. Yes, the exposure your son’s diagnosis will give to this disease affecting so many of our families will help us to raise awareness and educate others. Yes, we hope your celebrity status will help us raise funds to aid in our search for a cure.
But that’s not your job right now.
Right now you’re a dad to a son who needs you…more than he’s ever needed you before. And that, my fellow substitute pancreas, is your job.
And when you’re ready, your team is here waiting for you…and we’re all warmed up.
Cheers to Changing the World~