WHAT: 2ND ANNUAL T-1 LUMINARY ENLIGHTENMENT event to raise awareness for type 1/juvenile diabetes. Join the Nation by lighting luminary bags and reading the factsheet on type 1 diabetes. Help light the way to a cure by lighting one of the 38,000 T-1 luminaries distributed for this year’s event!
WHEN: On the morning of November 5th display the T-1 luminaries outside then light them at dark. This is always around election day – a good marker to remind everyone in the nation to light luminaries during diabetes awareness month and elect officials dedicated to finding a cure for type 1 diabetes.
WHERE: Display T-1 luminaries/T-1 balloons in front of your home, office or other public space visible from the road.
WHY: Four years ago, Harrison was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. At the age of seven Harrison realized that people don’t really know about the unique characteristics of Type 1. Harrison has made it his goal to enlighten the Nation to the realities of living with Type 1. This is an exciting event for everyone touched by Type 1 because, for one day, the entire Nation will be “enlightened” about just Type 1 diabetes. There is no other event where you can reach so many people who would not normally have any interest to ask about Type 1. People who are not aware of the event will be curious why your town is lit up with “T-1” luminaries. The accompanying Type 1 factsheet gives everyone an opportunity to explain the misconceptions, articulate the need for a cure and how to support people with Type 1 Diabetes. If people don’t know that there is a Type 1 that needs a cure then how can we expect to get one? The event has no limit because anyone can make and light T-1 luminaries. While many of us will do anything for our kids, the simple act of lighting a luminary last year had a tremendous impact and provided so much hope to Type 1 families. (Last year we had more than ten thousand luminaries lit in all 50 states). We are reminded daily that every moment is a blessing with our children and we are so grateful to have the support of wonderful friends and family. Type 1 can sometimes be merciless and make you feel very alone, but last year, for one night in November, our love ones and children saw the Nation lighting the way to a cure for them. As a parent we can’t think of a more beautiful message of hope to send to our children.