This is a sponsored post on behalf of the Arizona chapter of the American Diabetes Association and Find Your Influence #adashinealight
As a mom of three, there are few things that I am more grateful for than my children’s health.
Did you know that right now there are 700,000 children and adults in Arizona living with diabetes? It is a disease with no known cure.
Having diabetes almost doubles your chance of having a heart attack and can lead to complications such as nerve damage, kidney damage, blindness, hearing problems, skin problems and toe, foot or leg amputation.
An estimated 1 in 4 people who have diabetes do not know it. Some warning signs can include frequent urination, excessive thirst, hunger even when eating, extreme fatigue, blurry vision, slow healing cuts and bruises, weight loss (even when you are eating more), tingling pain or numbness in the hands and feet.
Right now, those of us in Arizona can make a difference. The Arizona chapters of the American Diabetes Association have teamed up with Walgreens to raise donations for the “Shine a Light” campaign.
You can head to Walgreens stores throughout Arizona between now and October 31st and make a donation of any amount. Finger lights like the ones you see here will be available near the cash registers as a thank you for your donation.
On our recent beach trip the weather was nice enough that we could stay out past sunset and the kids had a blast with these lights.
They had some previously from an arcade and were so excited to have ones of higher quality.
They are great when we are out walking at night, and they are going to be perfect for Halloween! I’m going to pick up a few more and use them as stocking stuffers.
As great as the lights are, what is even more exciting is a chance to make a difference.
I’ve been trying to communicate with the boys the concept of gratitude and giving back. Since health is one of the most important things that we have this was the perfect chance to talk to them about how not all children are so fortunate and that even kids can take steps to help.
Funds raised will help to fight the deadly consequences of diabetes through funding critical research, advocacy, and programs that work to improve the lives of those affected by diabetes.
To learn more about the Shine a Light initiative, check out this website.