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  1. Elijah M
    Elijah M November 19, 2008 at 9:06 am | | Reply

    Where, pray tell, can I get one of these pins?

  2. George
    George November 19, 2008 at 9:35 am | | Reply

    I wore my blue circle pin (from Sara) that just says “Cure” on it. It was actually great because most people would ask what it means. Then I had the opportunity to talk about Diabetes and hopefully raise awareness.

    I say no “diabetes” across the logo. I like having to explain it.

    great post Amy.

  3. Cara
    Cara November 19, 2008 at 11:35 am | | Reply

    I was very disappointed in the lack of media coverage for WDD. I think that it is horrible that it is Diabetes Awareness Month AND it was WDD and I didn’t see one mention of it on the news.

  4. tmana
    tmana November 19, 2008 at 11:36 am | | Reply

    Elijah M: the pins may be purchased through the World Diabetes Day website, They are sold in packs of 10, and the online shopping cart will convert the cost from Euros to US dollars. The 2-5 business day turnaround is accurate.

  5. Lee Ann Thill
    Lee Ann Thill November 19, 2008 at 11:56 am | | Reply

    Apparently the folks at JDRF and ADA in Philly didn’t know anything about WDD until the doctor who organized the Philly event called them to ask them to participate. The absolute saddest part is that ADA is actually a member of IDF, and they still don’t recognize WDD. It’s mind-blowing, really.

  6. Chris
    Chris November 19, 2008 at 12:05 pm | | Reply

    Great post. Glad someone clarified the meaning for those who were unaware.


  7. Kari Rosenfeld
    Kari Rosenfeld November 19, 2008 at 1:37 pm | | Reply

    Dear Amy,

    Please allow me to correct the history books once again. The blue circle was created by Alain Baute and Phil Riley of the International Diabetes Federation. Clare and I brought the concept of a UN Resolution to IDF in 2003. The UN Resolution was the springboard for the ‘Unite for Diabetes’ campaign which launched the blue circle as a global emblem for diabetes.

    I am tremendously proud to have played a part in the ‘Unite for Diabetes’ campaign which led to the successful passage of the UN Resolution but please, let’s give credit where credit is due. Our hats are off to Alain and Phil for their fantastic creativity in bringing the blue circle to the world and to the entire World Diabetes Day team who continue to create and stage this amazing global campaign to raise awareness for diabetes.

    Kari and Clare Rosenfeld

  8. Lauren
    Lauren November 19, 2008 at 2:55 pm | | Reply

    On my gmail screen last Friday, there was a little headline in the corner pertaining to WDD: “how inactivity can lead to diabetes.” Just what I love to see, as a type 1.

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  10. Elijah M
    Elijah M November 19, 2008 at 8:55 pm | | Reply

    tmana: Thanks for the link, although I find it odd that they’re only available from Europe, and in packs of ten. When all is said and done, I’d be spending $43 for a pin (because as nice as it would be to hand these out to my family and friends, I really just want one). I think we’d see a lot more visibility if they were readily available here.

  11. james
    james November 5, 2009 at 12:59 am | | Reply

    Howdy Amy. Followed your link over from DiabeticConnect. [jayabee52] Great article BTW! In some of the discussion responses {I don’t remember which} people were asking about the blue silicone bracelet for diabetes. Is that a mistake, or a misunderstanding of some kind?

  12. Lew Varady
    Lew Varady November 2, 2011 at 9:00 pm | | Reply

    Here in 21st century USA the ribbon has become the symbol of support. The blue circle has a rich history but it is dated. A blue ribbon would put diabetes in the mainstream. In today’s society every message needs to be short and sweet. When a person sees a ribbon they will immediately know you are supporting a cause. And then, rather than having to spend time explaining the significance of the circle, we can better use the time to explain diabetes.

  13. Alan Sherman
    Alan Sherman November 22, 2011 at 11:55 am | | Reply

    I’m all for the bue band. It’s time people with our condition be heard an spoken about. Our ADA out here does nothing in any kind of promotion, and it’s time someone speaks u!

  14. Angela McFarland
    Angela McFarland November 30, 2011 at 5:45 am | | Reply

    I definately believe we need a world wide symbol. However, I tend to agree that the blue circle may be dated. The ribbon brings immediate attention that you support a cause, an awareness. Also, I think the ribbon or circle should be readily available in the US at a reasonable price. I would love to see a lot of people wearing them everyday.

  15. Lew Varady
    Lew Varady November 30, 2011 at 1:25 pm | | Reply

    I originally supported a blue ribbon for Diabetes Awareness but have since discovered that a blue ribbon is used for Child Abuse Awareness. Maybe a combination of a blue ribbon and the blue circle would serve our purposee best. In fact it would be more outstanding than just a ribbon or a circle.

  16. Rickey
    Rickey September 9, 2014 at 11:23 pm | | Reply

    I’m a dibetic tipe 1 and I wanted to get the blue circle tattoo on my rest for
    like an id braclet can’t where jewelry. Would any one know it’s a dibetic symbol of something happens to me..

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