And the winners are…..

Today is the big day!!!

First let me thank Corinne who has worked with my on behalf of AccuCheck.  She was very patient as she answered emails and tried to keep in contact with me at a very difficult time in my personal life.  She waited for me to return from family obligations only to have to wait again for me to finish with the Health Activists Writers’ Challenge before we could get things on the go. 

Finally we got there however and on May 1st we got this contest off the ground! Three cards were to go to three people to say thank-you.  Now that was a daunting task!  First, as I mentioned was to come up with someone for me to “pay it forward” to thank with a $200 donation.  As many of you mentioned in your own testimonies of support, it had to go back to Children with Diabetes.  They have a Scholars Foundation that helps out with both university scholarships and getting families to conferences.  I sent the first $200 Visa card to Mary Podjasek on Friday!

There were a lot of little ballots to cut and draw from!

The second card asked for reader participation.  I wanted to hear from you, the readers. I wanted to see you share what we said, comment, and get the word out about Diabetes Advocacy. Wow!!! Did you ever! Some of you truly took the bull by the horns and my archaic system of watching and counting posts took up a large amount of time each day….and I LOVED it!!! I placed all of your names on a spread sheet  and noted how many times we heard from you from May 1 until the 6th (one ballot for every time you mentioned us or joined a conversation).  Your names were then transferred to a second sheet of ballots.  Those ballots were be drawn from and the winner is…….Jen Salzman!!

I had Larry draw the winner to guarentee impartiality.

The third card asked you who had supported you. There were some great responses.  I told you that my son would be judging.  I reminded him of this today and told him some of the responses that we had. I also told him about the person who wanted to write an essay entitled “How Liam changed my life”.  He thought that one was a sure winner and was ready to hand her the money without a second thought! Unfortunately only the title was submitted and I reminded him that we could not operate our first contest with such obvious overtones of bribery so he had to look at the rest of the submissions and decide. 

Personally I was touched by the submissions.  More than one of you stated how much I had helped you through.  You honor me and I am so proud to call so many of you friends.   I have enjoyed conversations, meals and glasses of wine with many of you and look forward to many more!

Needless to say, making a final decision was difficult but the winner of the third gift card is the person who wrote….
 I’ve been thinking a ton about this since you asked the community to share. My first thought is all the folks who were such an incredible, tremendous support to us when my daughter transitioned from shots to her pump, in 2004. Yup, we are coming up 10 years of D very soon. You were there, ♥ Barb ♥, as were a ton of people from the online d community, especially the CWD parent list. Our Cozmo pump rep was also a super supportive person as was our pharmacist and our infusion set rep. The staff at CWD who run the best d conferences bar none, have been a great resource. But I think the most supportive person is actually my “d” kid – my most awesome daughter, Kate. She is my rock and my inspiration. As we all do, over the years, we have had terrible “d” days and nights, and then miraculous days where “d” was simply a shadow, wwwaaaaayyyyy in the background (those are the best, yes?) But no matter what the day, what the issue, she is there, doing what she needs to do, and…doing it exceptionally well and with little fan fair. She may not be the most public person about her “D-ness” but she is quietly the person who will be the first person to lend a hand and a word of encouragement to her peers. She accepts it all with grace and courage. When I feel *my* grace has slipped, and my courage is rattled, there she is, telling me “its okay Mom, I got this.”
 Kelli Doyle!

Thank you again to everyone who participated. I would love to have been able to give a card to each one of you as you have all enriched our lives for being apart of our little corner of the Diabetes Online Community.

Thank you again….And congratulations!!!

Kelli and Jen, please contact me privately with your mailing address (within the next 72 hours) so that I can get these cards out into the mail to you.

Share to Win

As promised for weeks on our Facebook page, today will mark the start of our very first contest! In March, AccuChek began their “We’ve Got You” Campaign. They wanted to highlight the human element in diabetes management.  We all know that no one is an island.  We get through and are able to move forward in life with the help of others.

AccuChek wants to celebrate this by offering you the chance to win $3500 to show someone how much they matter to you and how much they have helped you. By going to their Facebook page and clicking “like” before midnight (EST) on May 6th, you will be entered to win their grand prize!

That is all well and fine but what about the money that I promised you? Well AccuChek did not stop at just asking me to tell you to go over to their Facebook page and like them because they are such nice folks.  AccuChek wanted to help me to help you to thank even more nice folks! To do this, they offered to give me three $200 Visa gift cards to be given away as I chose! Now how cool is that?  I could create a contest. I could do a draw. I could run off to Mexico…okay I couldn’t do the last part but I could come up with creative ways to thank you for reading and being apart of our lives! You have no idea how difficult that was. I am not an overly creative person so my it took some brainstorming with my son to come up with what we/I would do.  

The first card was to be given from me to someone.  It was to be someone who had helped me. Well you have all helped me at various times. Your kind words, the fact that you read what I write, the fact that you rely on my website to provide you with updated information. The fact that you share my stuff with others and recommend that they follow me. It all means a lot to me personally.  How then could I give back to everyone?

I couldn’t but I came up with what I thought was the next best thing!  As many of you know, has been a huge lifeline for me over the years.  They have become family.  I look forward to seeing many of you at their conferences each year.  I therefore decided to share with you through the CWD Scholars Foundation! I have been in contact with the amazing Mary Podjasek who is the President of the foundation and will be sending her $200 which will be used to help out a family at the CWD Conference this summer! Besides offering scholarships to students in the US who have diabetes and are going on to post-secondary institutions, Mary and her many, many volunteers also help to make sure families who cannot afford all of the cost of CWD conferences can get a part of this amazing family and enjoy the benefits of CWD.

The second card is will be awarded by my youngest son–remember he was helping me create the “contest”.  He decided that he wanted to read your stories. He wants to know who has been your biggest source of support and what would you do with them to spend this $200?  What do they need? What would show them how much they mean to you? Post your story here, under this blog post (please do not respond anonymously or if you do, ensure that your email address is included in the comment).  The contest closes at midnight (EST) on the 6th of May and he will be judging on the 7th.  The winner will be announced by the 8th.  You will then have 72 hours to contact me with your mailing address for me to send you the card or a new person will be chosen.

This leaves one last chance to win $200 from Visa.  This will be a random drawing.  Anyone who comments on a blog post between today and the 6th, shares a blog post or becomes a new follower of this blog page will be entered to win.  Anyone who comments on the Facebook page, shares something posted there or “likes” us between today and the 6th will be entered to win.  Anyone who submits a tattoo to our tattoo gallery for display between May 1-6th. Finally, anyone who follows us on Twitter (@diabetesgoddess), retweets or tweets a mention about us (@diabetesgoddess), the blog, the website, our Facebook page, a post or this contest, will also be entered.  You can be entered more than once.  A winner will be randomly drawn on the 7th of May.  As with the winner of the second card, you must respond to me with your mailing address within 72 hours or another name will be drawn.

A final note, unfortunately this contest is only open to Canadian readers. I know that sounds so unfair but I did not make up the rules.  This giveaway is funded by AccuChek Canada and thus only open to Canadians. Sorry! Perhaps someone will sponsor another giveaway one day that we can share with even more of you! All entries must be in by midnight (EST) on May 6, 2012. Winners will be announced by the 8th of May and remember that you must provide me with a mailing address to get your cards to you within 72 hours of me emailing you to tell you that you have won or your card will be given to another person.
In the meantime…Good luck!! Have fun!!! We can’t wait to read your stories and most of all…. thank you so much for all of the support you have given us.