Advocating for Diabetes in the Big Apple
Hey there, LOOP readers!
My name is Caroline Carter. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes five years ago at age eleven. In order to manage my diabetes while keeping up with my busy schedule, I started on a MiniMed pump last year. No one in my family has diabetes, so it was a learning process for all of us.
When I was diagnosed, I was shocked to learn that there were 26 million Americans living with diabetes and that 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes by 2050. It is crucial that we continue to research the causes, treatments, possibilities for a cure and prevention of this chronic disease. To that end, I serve as a diabetes advocate and volunteer with the JDRF and ADA every chance I get.
Recently, I embarked on an adventure to spend the day in New York, and what an experience it was! My mission was to engage and educate, meeting with as many media outlets as possible to build awareness.
The day started at 2:00am with a bus ride from Boston to New York City, and the first stop was Fox and Friends to deliver a "Keep Calm and Stop Diabetes" tee shirt to Gretchen Carlson. I had the chance to watch the filming process and meet golf legend Nick Faldo (he was dressed in blue for diabetes awareness)!
The next destination was Good Morning America for filming at The Patch At Broadway Farms, and then a quick taxi ride to CBS Studios for Anderson LIVE hosted by CNN's Anderson Cooper and Bravo's Andy Cohen. One segment featured a giant 36,000 calorie, 26-pound, 7-foot-long gummy snake!
Then it was time to visit NBC Studios to say hello to Hoda and Kathie Lee and celebrate the arrival of the giant Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. The tree was ENORMOUS! And Santa was there! I know him!! The last stop of the morning was a visit to the Health and Fitness Editor at Seventeen Magazine. The Hearst Tower is the most spectacular building I've ever seen.
After a busy morning, we stopped for a quick visit to say thank you at the JDRF Headquarters, followed by a healthy lunch in the Financial District. I took extra care between media visits to eat healthy snacks, stay hydrated and check my blood sugar. After lunch I had a private tour of Carnegie Hall and the once in a lifetime opportunity to sing in Weill Recital Hall. As a vocalist, it was a dream come true to sing in the most perfect acoustics on the planet. The walls literally resonate with sound and history!
The entire day was very special. I met so many interesting people and learned so much about how the media works while sharing awareness and my personal platform, "Diabetes can't stop me. Working together, we can Stop Diabetes."