With recent successes of online fundraising and awareness campaigns such as the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS, the American Diabetes Association has enlisted the help of celebrities for a new campaign. The Diabetes Dance Dare is a challenge aimed at raising awareness of increasing rates of diabetes – someone in the United States is diagnosed every 23 seconds.
In the Diabetes Dance Dare, participants either post a video of themselves dancing for 23 seconds or donate to the American Diabetes Association, then tag three friends to follow suit. Athletes and celebrities including Shaquille O’Neal and Usher were quick to jump on board with the challenge, posting their own dance routines to Instagram.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge went viral, raising over $115 million in donations funding research, patient care, and education. The American Diabetes Association hopes to gain similar traction with the Diabetes Dance Dare. More than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes and an additional 86 million people have pre-diabetes, a condition where blood sugar levels are elevated but not to the point of diabetes diagnosis.
To learn more about the Diabetes Dance Dare, take the challenge, or donate to the American Diabetes Association please visit www.diabetes.org/Dance–Dare.
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