Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Shirts

By RyanWBrown Latest Reply 2013-01-03 21:27:54 -0600
Started 2012-12-31 21:03:56 -0600

I'm thinking about selling/designing t-shirts for Type 1 Diabetes advocacy with proceeds going towards research for the cure. If I started this up would there be any interest out there?
Please check out the link for some designs I have going on my site.


16 replies

CJ55 2013-01-03 14:07:13 -0600 Report

Ryan, what state do you live in?

RyanWBrown 2013-01-03 14:08:50 -0600 Report

the great state of Tennessee

CJ55 2013-01-03 14:13:18 -0600 Report

I live in NC.. 45 mins from Myrtle Beach SC… I used to volunteer for the Maine Ms Society before I moved. I used to raise a lot of money for the cure. It was very heart warming knowing that I could help someone in need.

RyanWBrown 2013-01-03 14:27:57 -0600 Report

I'm a little jealous, we are quite landlocked in TN! That's awesome that you worked with the MS Society, great work is being done all over the country through all these different chapters. And they get people like us involved and doing good, so blessed to be a part of the effort.

Nick1962 2013-01-03 12:22:07 -0600 Report

If I read your post right, you are looking to see if a form of advocacy start-up would be supported.
The t-shirt designs are great, but I think they would need to be used/merchandised as a part of a larger effort. A good deal of profit from these would go into marketing if they were just tried to be sold stand alone.
Back in 2008, one of my more admired singer/songwriters (Ingrid Michaelson) did one song (Be OK) for the then grassroots organization Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C). At that time SU2C was a multi-performer telethon (with some pretty high-profile, contemporary artists) to raise cancer awareness, but you’ve no doubt seen the commercials and how it’s grown so far.
A lot of proceeds from Michaelson’s song and merch go to SU2C. If we as diabetics could find a more contemporary spokes celeb, they could sell your designs for you. I’m all for advocacy and I think you have a hit, just need a cost effective way to get them out there.

CJ55 2013-01-03 14:05:59 -0600 Report

I agree with you Nick. I would buy a t shirt if it was for T2, however knowing the way I am, I buy things just to help out with the cure.

Nick1962 2013-01-03 16:17:37 -0600 Report

Guess we just need a stronger lobbying group. I'd make a donation but I'm past the high graphic t-shirt age

RyanWBrown 2013-01-03 13:05:17 -0600 Report

Anyone know Nick Jonas's cell #? =)
Great point Nick,
I'm going to talk to our local JDRF branch about an awareness campaign surrounding this idea and see if we can get any traction with people endorsing. I know Jay Cutler, NFL, here in town supports our chapter events and local Fox News Anchors as well to spread the word. This could be great. Just need people to get the word out as you noted.

Nick1962 2013-01-03 16:15:50 -0600 Report

One of the issues with diabetics is we (for the most part) are left to treat ourselves. We get our meters, prescriptions, pumps, CGMs and what not and go on our merry way unless we succumb to complications. T1’s especially suffer in silence. Many can go their whole lives without complications or even intensive medical supervision. Diabetes just isn’t outwardly visible. We don’t typically deal with things like chemo, so our “cause” is just somewhat lessened. I doubt we’ll ever get the same attention until 15 year old obese kids start dying, but it’s still a good fight and worth it. Thanks for making a start!

RyanWBrown 2013-01-03 09:39:13 -0600 Report

I think Jayabee killed my discussion with that one comment, since I have gotten no replies on what I thought was a honest and simple question. Would this be a good idea to raise awareness for T1D? Sorry if this post offended anyone. I was not trying to solicit. All the best.

jayabee52 2013-01-03 10:35:25 -0600 Report

Sorry, Ryan. I do not control people here (which is good). Talk to Alliance Health and get their permission to do this. John Crowley's son is a t 1 and Amy Tenderich is a t 1. Ask one of them to come on here and give their OK.

Or it may be a thing like CJ (below) indicates as a great majority of members here are t 2s and we think it doesn't apply to us, so we pass it by.

Just a thought.

CJ55 2013-01-03 09:57:04 -0600 Report

Hello Ryan.. I am curious as to why you chose only T1 and not T2 as well. Is it because you are a T1? All Diabetes needs a cure, not just one type. I did like your shirts but I am a T2.

RyanWBrown 2013-01-03 13:00:12 -0600 Report

Hi CJ,
Good question. I am personally Type 1 and so I am involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation supporting research for curing Type 1 Diabetes specifically. While I agree with you that All Diabetes needs a cure, but so does cancer, aids, and several other diseases. Type 1 and 2 diabetes are very different diseases and I personally focus my efforts with the JDRF organization. That's the reason I chose to do T1D shirts. But that doesn't mean there can't be shirts for T2D awareness. My dad is a T2D, so I grew up watching what he went through everyday as well, totally needs awareness too! Great idea and good point.

jayabee52 2012-12-31 23:43:37 -0600 Report

You are aware, Ryan, that unless it is cleared with Alliance Health sale of merchandise or services,. Diabetes related or not, is not allowed as spelled out in the terms of use. You may find the terms of use below in a link to it.

Haven't seen you around the site much at all. But according to what I read, you've been here about 2 yrs.

RyanWBrown 2013-01-01 00:11:19 -0600 Report

Thanks for the note, but I'm not selling anything on this site. I am asking the community if this is something to pursue and get feedback from others in the diabetic community. The opinion of those touched by diabetes is what matters most in my cause! Thanks Jayabee

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