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From Race Cars and Google Doodles to Day Spas and Night Lights: Groups Across the U.S. Prepare to Join World Diabetes Day Celebrations on November 14
Date:10/31/2008

BRUSSELS, Belgium, October 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Whether your tastes tend toward bright lights and big cities, quiet contemplation or off-road racing, groups around the U.S. are gearing up to celebrate World Diabetes Day and raise awareness of the growing threat of diabetes.

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF), which led the effort to get the United Nations to recognize the existing World Diabetes Day (November 14) as an official UN world day, announced that this year's campaign theme is "Diabetes in Children and Adolescents."

Over 200 children a day are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and over 500,000 children under the age of 15 live with diabetes worldwide. In the U.S. 40 children a day develop type 1 diabetes, roughly 15,000 children each year.

"People around the globe have embraced the effort to raise awareness of the growing threat of diabetes," said World Diabetes Day Campaign Director Phil Riley. "All diabetes is increasing and children are not spared. The International Diabetes Federation estimates that 75,000 children with type 1 diabetes worldwide cannot access the medication, monitoring and education they need to survive. This story goes largely ignored and these children remain in the shadows to face an uncertain future. We aim to bring diabetes to light."

The Federation issued a call to action to light monuments around the globe in blue for World Diabetes Day (worlddiabetesday.org). Blue is the color of the global symbol for diabetes, the blue circle.

Not satisfied with just the call, IDF will work with the United Nations to turn the UN building blue on November 14.

More than 20 sites around the U.S. will join monuments like the Pyramids, London Eye and Burj al Arab to light in blue on November 14 ( worlddiabetesday.org/pr-activities). U.S. monuments include Niagara Falls, San Francisco City Hall, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, the Art Museum Fountain in Philadelphia and the University of Flor
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