Yesterday was a big day in the diabetes community. World Diabetes Day is the closest thing we can call a holiday and we all "celebrate" by posting, talking about, and spreading awareness.
You have probably heard of the Big Blue Test and the Diabetes Hands Foundation who started it. You probably have heard of tudiabetes, the social networking site for people with diabetes. And if so, you have probably heard of Manny Hernandez. The guy who started it all.
I have known Manny since before he started tudiabetes, in fact I think I was the 8th member of the site. Manny is someone who is so passionate about diabetes it is almost scary.
All day long he seems to be thinking about ways to help more people with diabetes. Always looking for new avenues of getting medicine, education, and whatever else he can to people in need.
When we talk I can see the wheels turning in his head. I swear those wheels never stop and the diabetes community is lucky they don't. Each year the Diabetes Hands Foundation raises money to help people in need. He has personally travelled the world helping people first hand. That is pretty awesome.
Manny is not only a friend he is family to me. Whenever he is in town or I am in his neck of the woods we meet up and hang out. Visiting like brothers we talk about our family and the needs in the community that we can possibly help meet.
Thank you Manny for all you do. You and your foundation are making living with diabetes a little bit brighter.