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Unite for Diabetes - Geocaching Promotion

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We requested our Unite for Diabetes Travel Bug. Great idea.

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I'm confused. Are we for diabetes or against it? :laughing:
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We requested one as our niece is diabetic.

So is my Dad. :laughing: Travelbug requested. I wonder if it can get to him in San Diego. :laughing:

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Very cool cause. I drink (water or tea, not soft drink) to that. :laughing:

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A TB request has been completed,

my personal opinion is it is a very worthwhile promotion to spread the word about a serious disease.

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As an avid geocacher, an active member of the geocaching community and as a diabetic, I would like to thank Groundspeak for their support of this project. Geocaching has been a large part of helping me deal with this disease and has aided greatly in my management of it. Anything that we can do to help increase awareness about the dangers of diabetes is time well spent. Together we can make a difference. Thank you.

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Request sent. Brilliant idea!

especially since I'm looking down the barrel of that particular shotgun given my family history :laughing:

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<Guinness ad voice> Brilliant </voice>

Count me in too. There's a bit of this in my family history as well.

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TB Request sent! This is an excellent cause. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

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Awareness IS key, really, you can live a normal life if you control it. My wife has type II, it's a pain in the butt, but managable.

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Ummmm, I have to givemy geocaching password to them to get a bug??

I don't think so.

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And there is indeed a link to this site from the GeoCaching.com website,

though why they would hide it in a subpage is beyond me, here;

http://www.geocaching.com/track/

 

We're starting to incorporate it more on the web site. You guys are the first to know (which is pretty common for new site features and whatnot). A larger emailer will go out with the Weekly Cache Notifications on Thursday.

 

(My grandmother has diabetes too)

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Ummmm, I have to givemy geocaching password to them to get a bug??

I don't think so.

 

Groundspeak hosts the web site.

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What a kewl concept! I signed the petition and submitted a bug request. My thanx to whoever came up with the idea!

-Sean-

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Ummmm, I have to givemy geocaching password to them to get a bug??

I don't think so.

 

Groundspeak hosts the web site.

Oh, in that case...................

 

BTW, I was talking to a reporter yesterday, and she asked about the history of geocaching, and I could NOT remember Jeremy's last name!!

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Put my request in for one, a good cause to be sure. Can't wait to get mine.

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I'm all over it. Already signed up. Doing it for Grandma.

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I requested mine. Great idea, my brothers diabetic and I thank you for your efforts.

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I just posted the promotion on Geocaching.com. Get them before they are gone.

 

(And you international folks who don't get the chance to get involved in promotions that often, this is your chance!)

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BTW, I was talking to a reporter yesterday, and she asked about the history of geocaching, and I could NOT remember Jeremy's last name!!

Smith :laughing:

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Put in my request, right away. I'm diabetic, and geocaching is my required exercise! Thanks, Groundspeak!

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I do not want to hijack this thread, but I sent an email thanking a Groundspeak employee for this project and they requested that I post this here and share just how important an issue this is. So here is an excerpt from my heartfelt thank you to Groundspeak for addressing this very serious issue.

 

"I just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you for your support of the Unite for Diabetes project. I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes a year and a half ago and it was devastating. One of the things that really helped bring me through the stress of the massive lifestyle change that I had to make was geocaching. Being able to get out into the woods and have my cares drift away, really helped bring me through a diffcult time. Since then, I have gotten serious about dealing with the disease and geocaching has continued to play a major role in my diabetes management program. I have adapted my hiking gear to accomodate testing supplies and medications that have to be refrigerated, and geocaching has helped me choose destinations to carry that gear to. Since , I buckled down and began to deal with this problem, I have quit smoking and lost 130 lbs. Just check my gc.com gallery for proof, of what an incredible difference caching has made for me. There were several people at GeoWoodstock IV that had not seen me in a year, who did not recognize me, it is funny, but that inspired me to keep working harder to make things better.

 

In addition to the exercise that I get while out hunting and hiding, geocaching has made a huge difference in dealing with diabetes for me, in the support I have received from friends that I have made through geocaching. When I was first diagnosed, I was embarased about it and did not want anyone to know, but I realized that there would be no way to hide the shots and the testing from my caching buddies, we just spend too much time on the road together. So one night at dinner, I made the announcement and I was overwhelmed by the support, and more than that it showed me that nothing had changed, they did not condemn me for my disease, they just settled in and asked what they could do to help. The great progress I have made over the last year and a half would not have been possible without their encouragement and support.

 

As I began to drop weight and become far more active, I decided that maybe I could help other folks in our geocaching community who were dealing with physical challenges. I went public with the community at large about my disease and about what I was doing to get into better shape physically and emotionally to deal with it. Since then, I have organized group hikes to get some of our more sedentary members out walking the trails and have even put together a couple of Middle Tennessee Geocachers Club events to encourage folks to be more active in the outdoors. In addition to this, I have answered tons of questions for folks who were trying to make positive changes in their lives as well. Although, I was nervous about doing it, I feel that by going public about dealing with diabetes I have encouraged others to deal with their problems and I am working hard everyday to lead by example in our community.

 

Just a quick example of the kind of support I have received from geocachers, we had a holiday club event last Saturday night that included a potluck dinner. Of course, I make sure that I bring something healthy for me to eat and generally skip desserts, but this week my friends made that more difficult. When we began to set up the buffet tables, there was an entire section that we had to devote to sugar-free desserts. I was moved nearly to tears. These were not "store-bought" desserts. Several of my geocaching friends and some folks that I barely know took the time to research sugar-free recipes and prepare them from scratch so that we, as one of them put it, "would have something special for the big monkey". I know it sounds silly, but to have so many people go out of their way to do something nice for you, is really touching. I joked with my wife that if they would have just turned the music up and faded the lights out at that point we would have had our own Christmas special. I joke, but I teared up while writing this, you just cannot imagine how much it meant to me to have them working so that my life "feels normal".

 

So thank you for this project, as you can tell this is important to me. If there is anything I can do to help, in any way, just let me know.

 

Thank you again, this means alot to me and I know it does to thousands of other geocachers as well.

 

Monkeybrad"

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Whew ok I am in tears. I also signed up for the Diabetes TB. I donot have diabetes not does anyone in my family. I do work closely with several people who have been diagnosed. My TB mission shall be something like take a picture of you walking, smelling the fresh air, smiling and being purely positive. I hope to help in any way possible. Thank you to everyone, for their contributions on this.

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I just posted the promotion on Geocaching.com. Get them before they are gone.

 

(And you international folks who don't get the chance to get involved in promotions that often, this is your chance!)

Yes, I also noticed that us non-international non-contiguous citizens of the USA get to participate this time too.

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Mine has been requested. My father lost one leg below the knee to the disease. He likes to joke, "I'm not going all at once...they'll have to take me a piece at a time!"

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i requested for one too my good friend and several family members have the disease my friend likes to joke that he has dinosaur footprints when he goes to the beach cause he has had his toes removed cause of it!! :laughing::laughing:

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As an avid geocacher, an active member of the geocaching community and as a diabetic, I would like to thank Groundspeak for their support of this project. Geocaching has been a large part of helping me deal with this disease and has aided greatly in my management of it. Anything that we can do to help increase awareness about the dangers of diabetes is time well spent. Together we can make a difference. Thank you.

I'll second this, all of it. Geocaching gave me a reason to get off my duff and get the exercise I need to help control my diabetes. This is a terrific project; my request for one of the travel bugs has been submitted, and I've signed the UN petition for the fight against diabetes.

 

--Larry

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Just curious....Why are they asking for our Geocaching.com password?

 

Nevermind! :laughing: Ordered one up!

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We asked for one, too. Hope we get it and spread awareness about this disease. Our family was also struck by diabetes...

 

Well done.

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I'm confused. Are we for diabetes or against it? :laughing:

 

sbell, I think it's part of the dumbing of America. I've always wondered about the 'March for Breast Cancer'. Isn't this one thing that 100% of the population of the world is against?!?

I've requested my TB.

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Just placed my request. I was diagnosed about 4 years ago and I still resist the dietary changes I need to make. Maybe the constant reminders of this project will nag :laughing: me into doing what I know is good for me.

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I ordered one too. My dad was diagnosed about a year ago, which means now I have to include it on my family medical history. His wife (my step-mother) is a nurse, so he's doing ok with it.

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Oy. This looks to be like one of those threads where anyone who disagrees is going to get flamed. My dad has diabetes that almost killed him. He should have known by the big pit that his sweat was gnawing into his matress. Still, one has to wonder how the heck the United Nations proposes to raise awareness. They seem to produce a lot of resolutions, but not a lot of verifiable results. There has got to be a better way. Well, that's my $0.02, so flame me.

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We asked for one. Now we'll see if we did it in time to actually get one!

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We requested one...hopefully we get it...great cause!

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Requested my travel bug....this is a great idea! Is this gonna carry it's own icon, and why do we have to put our phone numbers on the form?

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My order is in. In honor of my father who had diabetes, but lost his battle with cancer 3 years ago. Thanks Groundspeak for recognizing this very serious disease.

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A very heartfelt thanks goes out from us. Lil Tahosa is a Type 1, and we've put in our request for the bugs. Its good to see this effort that is taking place. THANKS

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Diabetes is common in my family and I'm prediabetic. This is a great idea and I signed up for a TB. Any future plans on doing one for cancer?

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I requested one as soon as I saw it on the website this afternoon. Great idea. I'll be curious how fast they go through 20,000 of them.

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Requested travel bug and signed petition well.

My mother have diabete, don't know what solution she in.

This is a brillant idea!!!!!!!!!

 

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My Dad has Type 1 Diabete. I also have several friends some are Type I and some are Type II. I requested a TB. Thanks!

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