LifeScan, the maker of OneTouch blood glucose meters, recently announced Global Diabetes Handprint, a new collaboration with the Diabetes Hands Foundation. The project encourages people with diabetes to post an image of their hand, decorated with words and graphics depicting their personal expressions about living with diabetes (or decorate a virtual hand online). The project is designed to help people with diabetes use self-expression to connect with each other and feel less isolated.
According to a recent LifeScan press release, for each image submitted between now and March 31, 2009, OneTouch will donate five dollars, up to a maximum of $250,000, to one of two charities: the Diabetes Education and Camping Association (DECA), which supports children’s diabetes camps, and Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD), which supports adult educational and motivational conferences for people affected by diabetes.
The project was inspired by Manny Hernandez’s “Word In Your Hand” endeavor, created on TuDiabetes.com, a website owned by the Diabetes Hands Foundation. Manny is also championing the current petition to get the Google doodle to reflect World Diabetes Day on November 14, 2008. You can read about that project here.