Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Letter Writing Day: Dear Josh

This post is also part of D-Blog Week: Day Two's topic- Letter Writing Day

Last night I got a very nice note from a rare individual. His name is Josh.
Josh is an adult with Type-1 diabetes. Diagnosed at the age of 9 he has lived with it for 20 years. But that's not what makes him rare.

Like many of us, he wants a cure for diabetes.
Like many of us, he wants a cure for cancer.
What makes him rare is this: he wants to actually DO something about it.

In his message he asked my advice about building something online so he could "step up and get a really big effort behind a cure." So here's an open letter back to him:

Dear Josh,

I'm excited to hear that you realize that just "wanting" is not enough, and that ACTION is needed to get us to a cure. Setting up websites to raise money for research is a great way to do it, but you should be sure to be creative about how you do it as Monica did.

You'll have to try lots of different stuff. Just go ahead and do it.

Also, don't be afraid to fail a lot. I've experienced a lot of unsuccessful online efforts for JDRF, but I tried lots of things so we could eventually come up with a few winners like juvenation.org.

I guarantee that you'll get disappointing results or get tripped up. Just keep getting up to do more - no matter how many times you stumble. You should be properly equipped for this, because that's the kind of perseverance you've needed to simply manage your daily blood sugars.

And I'll be here to help.

Good luck!

- Red

P.S. I hope anyone else who reads this letter gets off their keister to joins us in actually DOING something... Because the world needs more Joshes.

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