Wounded Warrior Project?
Juvenile Diabetes Association?
You’ve probably already guessed our topic for the next two weeks: charities. These groups put their energy, creative efforts, and fund raising efforts behind research and victim support. They also often address legal issues related to their particular cause.
In honor of the September release of Brenda Anderson’s Hungry for Home, each of the Inkspers are going to share a charity that is near and dear to their heart. Charities play a key role in Brenda’s series, so join us and tell us what causes you support as well.
What makes us support a particular cause? I’m not sure, but I think one thing is having a personal connection to the cause. Last year, the daughter of one of my friends was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. I’ve watched how it has affected their family. I’ve listened to where my friend got the most help and information.
Did you know that parents of juvenile diabetics have to wake up a couple of times every night to prick his or her child’s finger and check the blood glucose level? One in twenty juvenile diabetics will die in their sleep during their lifetime because of a sudden drop in blood glucose levels. I had no idea. Simply sleeping through an alarm could cost the life of your child. The stress on the parents is enormous.
Great strides have been made in the treatment of diabetics and we are on the cusp of a cure. Along with prayer, I’m convinced the Juvenile Diabetes Research Association is on the forefront of pushing for a cure for this terrible disease.
Here’s some info from their site:
JDRF is the leading diabetes foundation funding T1D research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D.
JDRF is currently sponsoring $530 million in scientific research in 17 countries. In 2012 alone, JDRF provided more than $110 million to T1D research.
Please join me in praying for JDRF and for a cure to both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
Now, that we’ve discussed diabetes, cupcake anyone? (Okay, I know that was a bad transition.) We have to have something very special to celebrate the birth of Brenda’s book. Hungry for Home is the final book in her Coming Home series. It officially releases Sept. 22, but can be pre-ordered now here.
Here’s the back cover blurb for Hungry for Home:
After a troubling encounter with a pregnant teen, Sheila Peterson-Brooks hurries from the crisis pregnancy center into the frigid Minnesota winter where she is mugged and left for dead. After a frantic search, Richard, her husband, finds her, and the police quickly nab the mugger …
A hungry, homeless teen.
The brother of the pregnant girl Sheila had just counseled.
The girl pleads for her brother, and Sheila and Richard choose not to press charges. Instead, they open their home to the boy, a move that could cost them their possessions, and their hearts.
And, in the process, teach them the true meaning of home.
Did I mention the giveaway? We are giving away an autographed copy of Hungry for Home. The contest runs from Sept. 14 to midnight on Sept. 26. Just fill out the Rafflecopter below, answering the question, “What charity (or charities) are close to your heart?”
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