I'm writing this article as a letter to you both because I want to ask a favor of both of you — a favor in honor of being a father, in honor of Father's Day. Now others may have the same idea, but I'm the one doing the asking. Here it goes: I was astounded to find out that the upcoming election for President may very well cost over 2 billion dollars. TWO BILLION DOLLARS. Wow! When the election is over, there will be a winner and there will be a loser in what looks to be a knock ‘em out, drag ‘em out battle for the next four year residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. A winner. A loser. And two billion dollars spent for that right.

Do you want to see that in a very earth-shattering light? If the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation gave 16 million dollars a year (roughly the average raised) for research to find a cure for diabetes, it would take them approximately 125 years to use what you will spend in roughly 6 months for the office of President. 125 years! The scales seem a little off balance, wouldn't you agree?

What if I could propose something that would have a winning candidate, a losing candidate, and a whole lot of winners… wouldn't that be great? Here is my proposal. I'm asking you both, as dads, to celebrate the health of your children by donating just one tenth of one percent of all of that campaign money to the Diabetes Research Institute. Make a donation to the world leader in cure-focused research, for a cure for my two kids and the millions like them who live with diabetes every day and cannot wait 125 years for a cure.

Perhaps you run a commercial or two less or don't do a national ad or two and donate one million dollars each to find a cure for diabetes. That way, when is all said and done, you can look in the mirror and say, "Hey, although all those millions of dollars went to win (or lose) an election, at least one million of it, .1%, is making a difference in finding a cure for diabetes."

Make the choice for this Father's Day, before we really get into that all-or-nothing election mode.

Imagine that photo op? Together for one brief moment. Three dads who got together and decided to make a difference in the world of diabetes today.

Good luck to you both. My luck will change for good when my kids are cured. As dads, please consider it. Thank you.

I'm a Diabetes Dad.

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dLife's Viewpoints columnists are not all medical experts, but everyday people living with diabetes and sharing their personal experiences, most often at a set point in time. While their method of diabetes management may work for them, everyone is different. Please consult with your diabetes care team before acting on anything you read here to find out what will work best for you.

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