“This child died.”

Dr. Kaufman’s words keep echoing in my head. A beautiful little two-year-old girl, who died because there was no insulin.

I wish I’d taken a picture of Dr. Kaufman’s slide so I could show you that precious face. It’s a face I won’t forget. Big brown eyes. Curly black hair. Hands laying above her head, curled into fists. Her tiny, malnourished frame.

“This child died.”

There I sat, staring at the picture of this little girl, with an insulin pump full of insulin. In a room full of people with Type 1 Diabetes, carrying pens/pumps/vials full of insulin. Unfair doesn’t even begin to describe it.

“This child died.”

Even now, as I sit here at home, there are three full vials of insulin in my refrigerator, mostly paid for by my health insurance. And when those run out, I’ll call for a refill and pick up three more.

Injustice. That’s what this is. It’s an injustice that this little girl died. It’s an injustice that children are dying every day due to lack of access to insulin.

“This child died.”

We cannot save that little girl. But we can do something. Spare A Rose, Save A Child. Just $5 can provide enough insulin to give a child a month of life. You can quite literally save a child’s life. At my house, there’ll be no flowers given this year. We’re giving hope instead. Giving life.

We can change what happens to these kids. You can change it. Because of YOU, we can change the story: “This child lived.”

This child LIVED.