My name is Jackson Savage, and Iâ€™m a junior in the Class of 2020 at Winchester High School. For most of my life, I have raised money for a cure for Type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease Iâ€™ve had since I was three.
Recently, I heard a NPR story called â€śInsulinâ€™s High Cost Leads to Lethal Rationing.â€ť It was about the death of Alec Raeshawn Smith, a Type 1 diabetic who couldnâ€™t afford the insulin he needed to live.
Insulin â€” and the supplies you need to give it to yourself â€” are super expensive when you have insurance. When you donâ€™t have insurance, they can be totally unaffordable.
Alecâ€™s story has motivated me to begin a drive this fall. If you have unused, unexpired and unopened insulin (of any kind), and/or diabetes testing or pumping supplies (Type 1 or Type 2), you can email me at [email protected] I will make arrangements to pick them up from your front step on Friday, Oct. 12 and donate them in one of three ways: globally, through Insulin for All; nationally, to victims of hurricanes Lane and Florence; and locally, to victims of the Merrimack Valley gas explosions.
Thanks very much.
– Jackson Savage, Winchester High School