LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A campaign aimed at raising awareness of diabetes has gained traction online with many, including celebrities, participating.
The Children’s Diabetes Foundation started the social media campaign, which asks people to take a picture and post it online using hashtags that identify the symptoms of type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes.
“Mike & Molly” stars Melissa McCarthy, Reno Wilson and Billy Gardell have showed their support, along with music mogul Clive Davis, Nigel Lythgoe from “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Others who have participated include David Foster, Babyface, Don Rickels, Jane Fonda, along with members of CBS2/KCAL9 newsroom.
The Children’s Diabetes Foundation was started by philanthropist Barbara Davis, whose daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 7.
To join the movement, take a picture of yourself or with family and friends with this sign and post it to social media sites including at least one hashtag that identifies at least one of the symptoms of type 1 diabetes, as well as #cdfcares #supportdiabetes.
The symptoms of type 1 diabetes include extreme thirst, frequent urination, lethargy, increased appetite, sudden weight loss, sudden vision changes, fruity/sweet odor on the breath, stupor or unconsciousness.
To learn more about the movement and diabetes, click here.