A Letter to President Barack Obama


President  Barack  Obama

The  White  House

1600  Pennsylvania  Ave  NW

Washington,  DC  20500

Dear  Mr.  President:  

We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, request that you attend the United Nations High-­Level Summit on Non-­Communicable Diseases (NCD) in September to push for better health for all of those living with diabetes.

This September, you and your fellow political leaders will have a once-­in-­a-­generation opportunity to halt a global epidemic that is killing and disabling millions of people, impoverishing families, and undermining economic progress. The UN NCD Summit is a chance for the Government of the United States of America to play a leading global role in confronting this major threat to the health, prosperity and security of all of us and future generations.

Together, the four major NCDs – diabetes, cancer, heart disease and chronic respiratory disease – are the world’s number one killer. It is estimated that some 35 million people die from NCDs each year,  and 14 million of these deaths could be averted or delayed. Diabetes alone creates a huge burden – over 300 million people worldwide have diabetes now, and that figure will reach half a billion within a generation if we do not act now. One dollar in every eight spent across the world on healthcare last year went on diabetes – a staggering USD378 billion in total. No country rich or poor is immune from the impact. In the US alone, there are 25.8 million people with diabetes, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that by 2050, US prevalence will rise to as many as one in three Americans. EVERY one of us knows someone touched by diabetes.

As a group of committed diabetes advocates, we ask you to attend the UN Summit and work with other political leaders to take action. We have attached the NCD Alliance’s(1) proposals for the Summit outcomes, which we believe should be the basis of the political response to NCDs. The global failure to invest in NCDs has led to the current crisis, yet we have cost-­effective solutions that can save lives and make economic sense. These include action on prevention and diagnosis as well as universal access to affordable, high-­quality essential medicines and medical technologies. We are also calling for the establishment of a Stop NCDs partnership to lead multi-­ sectoral and coordinated  action, and a UN Decade of Action on NCDs to implement the commitments governments will make at the UN Summit in New York. We would be pleased to provide your office with any further information in preparation for the UN Summit.

NCDs such as diabetes affect us all. Diabetes increasingly strikes children, threatening international economic progress. But we are not powerless. We have achievable cost-­effective solutions. We need political leadership now to make them a reality. Please be a champion for Non-­Communicable Diseases by attending the UN Summit in September and safeguard the health and prosperity of future generations in the US and around the world.

Yours  sincerely,

[All  signatures  on  file]


Kelly  Close  (diaTribe)
Research  &  product  news  for  15,000+  people  with  diabetes

Manny  Hernandez (Diabetes  Hands  Foundation)
Serving  200,000  people  with  diabetes  every  month

Phil  Southerland  (Team  Type  1)
CEO/Founder Team Type 1, author of  Not  Dead  Yet, and complication free after 29 years with Type 1 Diabetes due to always having had access to insulin and testing supplies.    

Bruce  Buckingham,  M.D.  (Stanford  Medical  Center)
Professor,  Pediatrics  -­  Division  of  Endocrinology  and  Diabetes

Jessica  Apple,  Michael  Aviad,  Karmel  Allison  (ASweetLife.org)
Reaching  30,000  People  Affected  by  Diabetes  Each  Month  

David  Edelman,  Elizabeth  Edelman  (DiabetesDaily.com)

A  diabetes community  reaching  300,000  each  month.  

Francine  R.  Kaufman,  M.D.  (Childrens  Hospital  Los  Angeles)
Emeritus  Professor  of  Pediatrics and Communications at USC -­ The Center for Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism  

Amy  Tenderich  (DiabetesMine)
A  leading  diabetes  blog  serving  50,000  readers  a  month  

Riva  Greenberg  (The  Huffington  Post  and  DiabetesStories.com)
Reaching  more  than  150,000  diabetes  patients,  professionals  and  readers  each  month  

Paula  Ford-­Martin  (dLife)
Editor-­in-­Chief,  Patient  Advocate,  Author  

Zachary  T.  Bloomgarden,  M.D.  (www.jdiabetes.com)
Editor,  the  Journal  of  Diabetes  

Sheri  Colberg,  PhD  (www.shericolberg.com)
Expert  on  diabetes  and  exercise, author of 8 books on lifestyle and diabetes management  

Sarah  Knotts  –  Insulin,  Glucose,  Test  Strip  Stories
Sharing  real  stories  of  living  with  Type  1  Diabetes  since  1988.

William  “Lee”  Dubois,  Diabetes  Author,  Educator,  &  Advocate
Reaching  more  than  3  million  people  a  month  via  columns and articles  

Steven  V.  Edelman,  M.D.  
Founder  and  Director  of  Taking  Control  of  Your  Diabetes

Sandra  Bourdette  (Taking  Control  Of  Your  Diabetes)
Co-­Founder and  Executive  Director,  Educating  and  empowering the diabetes community since 1995  

Irl  B. Hirsch, M.D.  (University  of  Washington  Med  Ctr-­Roosevelt)

Professor  of  Medicine

Neal  Kaufman,  M.D.,  M.P.H.  (UCLA  Schools  of  Medicine  and  Public  Health)
Professor  of  Pediatrics  and  Public  Health  

Tom  Karlya  (Diabetesdad)
Columnist  at  dLife,  1  million+  people  with  diabetes  

Lois  Jovanovi,  M.D.  (Sansum  Diabetes  Research  Institute)
CEO  &  Chief  Scientific  Officer  

James  S.  Hirsch
Author  of  “Cheating  Destiny:  Living  with  Diabetes”  

Bernard  Farrell  (Diaboogle.com  and  Diabetes  Technology  Blog)
Diabetes answers for 1,000 people per month and  reviewing  technology for 3,000 readers/month.  

Scott  K.  Johnson  (scottsdiabetes.com)
Diabetes  blog  reaching  thousands  per  month

George  Simmons  (Ninjabetic)
Sharing  my  story  so  others  feel  less  alone.    

Randolph  B.  Linde,  M.D.  (Endocrinologist)
Palo  Alto  Medical  Foundation

Brandy  Barnes  (www.DiabetesSisters.org)
A  national  non profit  organization  devoted  to  the  issues  faced  by  women  with  diabetes)  and  a  woman who has lived with diabetes for more than 21 years.      

Kelly  Booth  (kellywpa.wordpress.com)
Helping  people  with  diabetes  complications  

Kerri  Sparling  (SixUntilMe.com)

Patient  Blogger,  Diabetes  Advocate,  and  Living  with  Type  1  Diabetes  

Howard  Zisser,  M.D.  (Sansum  Diabetes  Research  Institute)
Director  of  Clinical  Research  and  Diabetes  Technology  

Bruce  W.  Bode  M.D.  FACE
Atlanta  Diabetes  Associate

Michael  W.  Hoskins  (The  Diabetic’s  Corner  Booth)
Personal  blog  reaching  5,500  globally  each  month.  

Karen  Graffeo  (BitterSweetDiabetes.com)
Patient  blog  reaching  several  hundred  subscribers  

Gina  Capone  (DiabetesTalkfest.com,  Juvenation.org)
Patient  blogger  and  community  manager  reaching  over  19,000+ affected by diabetes.  

Crystal  Lane  (Randomly  capitalizeD)
Diabetes  Advocate  letting  hundreds  know  they  are  not  alone

Scott  Strange  (StrangelyDiabetic.com)
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Lorraine  Sisto  (This  is  Caleb…)
Daily  readers  in  excess  of  500.

Wendy  K.  Rose,  RN  (www.CandyHeartsBlog.com)
Diabetes  Advocate

Aliza  Chana  Zaleon  (Aliza  With  Diabetes)

1,000+  readers  and  counting  

Michael  W.  Durbin  (www.mydiabeticheart.com)
Diabetes  Advocate,  living  with  Type  2  Diabetes  and  Congestive  Heart  Failure  

Kim  Vlasnik  (Texting  My  Pancreas;  You  Can  Do  This  Project)
Reaching  12,000+  people  with  diabetes  every  month  

Mari  Ruddy  (Team  WILD  and  Red  Rider  Recognition  Program  Founder)
Representing  over  5,000  cyclists  and  athletes  with  diabetes  

Scott  Strumello  (Scott’s  Web  Log)
A  Patient-­ Written  Blog  Reaching  An  Average  of  2,500  Visitors  Per  M onth  

Lahle  Wolfe  (Isletsofhope.com,  Pre-­Diabetes.com)
7.9  m illion  visitors  since  2005,  10,000+  subscribers  

Bill  Woods  (1HappyDiabetic.com)
“It’s  A ll  A bout  Your  A ttitude!”

Martin  Wood  (DiabeticallySpeaking.com)
Type  1  diabetes  blogger  and  advocate.  Sharing  my life with diabetes so that others may have a voice.  

Chris  Stocker  (The  Life  of  a  Diabetic)
Reaching  1,000’s  of  people  with  diabetes  every  day!

Naomi  Kingery,  The  Diabetic  Diva  (www.livetolovediabetes.com)
Author  and  blogger  who  has  reached  over  10,000  people  with  diabetes.

Victoria  Cumbow  (www.victoriacumbow.com)
Type  1  diabetic  for  18  years,  advocate,  patient  and  health  blogger  at  Dia-­Beat-­This  and @victoriacumbow

Hallie  K.  Addington  (The  Princess  and  The  Pump)
I  am  a  wife,  mother,  teacher…  and  a  pancreas!

Kelly  Kunik  (diabetesaliciousness.blogspot.com)

Spreading  Diabetes  Validation  through  Humor,Ownership  &  Advocacy  

Elissa  R.  Weitzman,  ScD,  MSc  
Assistant  Professor Harvard  Medical  School  |  Children’s  Hospital  Boston  

Cherise  Shockley  (Diabetes  Social  Media  Advocacy)

Diagnosed  with  Latent Autoimmune  Diabetes  in  Adults  in  June  2004. Creator of Diabetes Social Media Advocacy (DSMA) weekly twitter chat and blog talk radio.  

Merle  Gleeson  (Type  1  Diabetes  Lounge)

Meri  Schuhmacher  (Our  Diabetic  Life)
Blogger,  advocate,  friend  to  1000+  mothers  and  fathers  of  children  with  diabetes.  

Satish  K.  Garg,  MD  (Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, University of  Colorado Denver)
Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics; Director, Adult  Program; Clinical and Research Endowed Chairs Editor-­in-­Chief, Diabetes Technology  and  Theraputics  

Beatriz  Dominguez  (Sweet  Bea)
Diabetes  Patient  and  Advocate  

Jessica  Collins  (jess-­meandd.blogspot.com)

Diabetes  blogger  and  advocate  

Allison  Blass  (Lemonade  Life)
A  personal  blog  about  living  with  diabetes  serving  5,000  readers  a  month

Leighann  Calentine  (D-­Mom  Blog)
Mom  of  a  child  with type 1 diabetes, author of D-­Mom Blog reaching 8,000+  families  per  month, diabetes  advocate.    

Hope  Warshaw,  RD,  CDE  (www.hopewarshaw.com)
Diabetes  educator,  author  with  nearly  1  million  books  in  print

Nicolas  Cuttriss,  MD,  MPH  (www.ayudainc.net)
Empowering  youth  to  serve  as  agents  of  change  in  diabetes  communities  abroad  

Jane  Jeffrie  Seley,  DNP  MPH  MSN  BC-­ADM  CDE  (New  York  Presbyterian/Weill  Cornell)

Diabetes  Nurse  Practitioner  

Barry  H  Ginsberg,  MD,  PhD
Diabetes  Consultants  

Prof.  Dr.  Lutz  Heinemann,  PhD  (Profil  Institut  für  Stoffwechselforschung  GmbH)

Partner  and  Scientific  Consultant  

Bennet  Dunlap  (Your  Diabetes  May  Vary,  The  BetesNOW)
Advocate  for  families  living  with  diabetes.  Father  of  two  type  1  teens.  

Jay  Skyler,  MD  (University  of  Miami  Miller  School  of  Medicine,  Diabetes  Research  Institute)
Professor  of  Medicine,  Pediatrics and  Psychology at  Associate Director for Academic Programs at  DRI  

Darrell  M  Wilson,  MD  (Stanford  University  and  the  Lucile  Packard  Children’s  Hospital)

Professor  and  Chief,  Pediatric  Endocrinology  and  Diabetes

Ginger  Vieira  (www.Living-­in-­Progress.com)
Type  1  diabetes  advocate,  vlogger,  author  and  health  coach.    

Lee  Ann  Thill,  MA,  ATR-­BC,  LPC  (www.thebuttercompartment.com)

Type1  diabetic  for  32  yrs,  blogger,  art therapist,  diabetes/mental  health  advocate,  artist.  

Mariela  Glandt,  MD

Endocrinology  Department,  Bronx-­Lebanon  Hospital

Gonzalo  Bacigalupe,  EdD,  MPH

International  Health  Council  Representative at, Ikerbasque Research Professor,  Associate Editor at  Family, Systems, & Health  

Sysy  Morales  (TheGirlsGuidetoDiabetes.com)

Encouraging  10,000  women  with  diabetes  to  live  their  best  life  every  month  

Kitty  Castellini,  Founder,  President  &  CEO  (Diabetes  Living  Today®)

National  Broadcast  News  on  Diabetes  for  120,000  with  diabetes  

Kathy  White  (kathy-­mynewislets.blogspot.com)

Islet  cell  transplant  recipient  

Anne  Findlay  (annetics,  Team  Type  1  cyclist)

Advocating  for  healthier  living  through  exercise  for  people  with  diabetes  

Gretchen  Becker  (www.gretchenbecker.com)
Author  of  “The  First  Year:  Type  2  Diabetes”

Cheryl  Alkon

Author  of  Balancing  Pregnancy  With  Pre-­Existing  Diabetes:  Healthy  Mom,  Healthy  Baby  

Ronnie  Gregory  (www.thepoordiabetic.com)

Erin  D.  O’Neill  Argueta  (www.edonadesigns.blogspot.com)

Living  creatively  for  over  39  years  with  Type  I  Diabetes  

Cara  Richardson  (countrygirldiabetic.blogspot.com)
Every  Day,  Every  Hour,  Every  Minute

Cheri  Pate  (princessladybug.blogspot.com)

Michael  Robinton  (Insulin  Pumpers)

Executive  Director  

 1  The  NCD  Alliance  comprises  the  International  Diabetes  Federation,  the  International  Union  Against  TB  and  Lung  Disease,  the   Union  for  International  Cancer  Control,  and  the  World  Heart  Federation.  Together  the  NCD  Alliance  represents  900  member   associations  in  170  countries:  www.ncdalliance.org


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