Jake Fine is a sophomore at Peddie. Diagnosed with Type I Diabetes in 2004 at the age of 7, he has a personal connection to World Diabetes Day. "World Diabetes Day for me is more than just recognizing those living with the disease," explains Jake. "It represents all of the help people have given me in order to achieve my new 'normalcy'. Because of this, diabetes has become something I have, but it is not who I am."
Over the past 5 years numerous Peddie students, alumni, and faculty/staff have contributed countless hours to Team Brotherly Love to help ensure its success with raising money to find a cure for diabetes. From Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation walks to Golf and Tennis Opens and lacrosse tournaments, Peddie has had a hand in all, and this year, Peddie is helping take this one step further!
Wednesday, November 14th will be the 5th annual World Diabetes Day. This day was identified by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to mark the birthday of Frederick Banting, who helped discover insulin in 1922, which is the life-saving treatment for diabetes.
On this day, the more than 346 million people around the world living with the life-altering disease of diabetes and those who support them will be honored by having numerous landmarks illuminated under blue light. The IDF describes the World Diabetes Day logo as "the blue circle -- the global symbol for diabetes which was developed as part of the Unite for Diabetes awareness campaign. The logo was adopted in 2007 to mark the passage of the United Nations World Diabetes Day Resolution. The significance of the blue circle symbol is overwhelmingly positive. Across cultures, the circle symbolizes life and health. The color blue reflects the sky that unites all nations and is the color of the United Nations flag. The blue circle signifies the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes pandemic."
To date, the entire Peddie community has joined Team Brotherly Love in partnering with the IDF to send funds to diabetes clinics in both Bolivia and most recently Nigeria.
This Wednesday night, Peddie, like many other committed organizations around the world, will illuminate its newest landmark, the Peddie Aquatics Center, in honor of World Diabetes Day. Please take of note the Aquatics Center's beautiful blue light this Wednesday evening and know that it is in our collective support of World Diabetes Day and the overall spirit of the Peddie community of "doing good"!