Originally Posted by billybob_jcv
As part of November Diabetes Awareness month, Lilly and Roush Fenway Racing sponsored the #16 Mustang driven by Ryan Reed in the Nascar Nationwide series race at Phoenix International Raceway on Nov 10. Ryan finished the Servicemaster 200 mile race in 15th place. Kyle Bush led the race for 169 laps and won. The car is covered in pictures of Diabetes patients (no, my kids are not included). Very Cool!
BTW, Ryan was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 17.
That was actually very cool. I think it's awesome that they're raising awareness, leading to donations for research (from inside I can tell that those money really do go to research). The one and possibly only thing I don't like about it, is the fact that donations tend to go to the most known disease or disorder research rather than the most severe (or obscure), or what I'd personally consider most important. For instance, here in Sweden, the vast majority of donations goes to cardiovascular and cancer related diseases (where I work as well). This is all well, but the image they're creating is that they're trying to save the elderly people from cardiac arrest (literally; we have ads thanking donators saving elderly from cardiac arrest). I'd find it more important to focus on children and chronic disorders that affect them from birth or early age. No offense, elderly people, but you've already lived your life. Our children still has their whole lives ahead of them.
I don't mean that one life is more worth saving than the other, but if I had a choice, I'd try to save a child rather than someone who's going to die soon from age anyway.
Now this is nothing against diabetes research or donations towards any research at all. I love the fact that people still find the time and will to be altruistic enough to donate money to worthy causes. I just wish there was a system that didn't make it unnecessarily unjust between causes that make headlines on newspapers and those that don't.
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Sorry for ****ting on your post here. It was nothing directred at diabetes. Just something I've thought about ever since I learned that every penny my institute makes comes from donations, and that we are the one institute that gets a ****load of money while others don't. It's unfair, but I guess it's just the way it works. I just wanted to vent it out, and your diabetes awareness avatar month seemed to be a fitting topic to vent it out.
Edited by Coq de Combat - 11/23/13 at 11:28pm