Wednesday, 23 January 2019
BREAKING NEWS

Letter to the editor: Donate diabetes supplies

My name is Jackson Savage, and I’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 I’ve had since I was three.

Recently, I heard a NPR story called “Insulin’s High Cost Leads to Lethal Rationing.” It was about the death of Alec Raeshawn Smith, a Type 1 diabetic who couldn’t afford the insulin he needed to live.

Insulin — and the supplies you need to give it to yourself — are super expensive when you have insurance. When you don’t have insurance, they can be totally unaffordable.

Alec’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

Source: http://winchester.wickedlocal.com/news/20181005/letter-to-editor-donate-diabetes-supplies

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