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Since 1991, November 14—World  Diabetes Day—has served as a day that unites the global diabetes community to raise awareness. The date was chosen in honour of the birthday of Canadian Sir Frederick G. Banting, who, along with Dr. Charles Best (founder of the Canadian Diabetes Association now known as Diabetes Canada), JJR Macleod and James Collip, are credited with the discovery of insulin.

Banting’s idea led to the discovery that changed the world occurred at Banting House National Historic Site of Canada in London, Ontario. Diabetes Canada is a proud steward of the birthplace of insulin, where people from around the world come to pay their respects, keep Banting’s spirit alive and recognize Diabetes Canada’s work.

While insulin is not a cure, it has helped millions of people around the world to live longer, healthier lives. Next year will mark its 100th anniversary. It is also a critical reminder that we can’t afford to wait another 100 years for a cure.

To celebrate World Diabetes Day, Diabetes Canada will hold two major virtual events on Nov. 14:

  • Rekindle the Flame of Hope—located at Banting House National Historic Site of Canada in London, Ontario, the Flame of Hope is an eternal flame that honours Sir Frederick Banting's discovery of insulin, as well as all those who have been affected by diabetes, and is supposed to burn until a cure is found. In an act of vandalism earlier this year, the Flame of Hope was extinguished. On World Diabetes Day, it will be relit once again. Join us on Facebook Live to participate!

World Diabetes Day is commemorated with a blue circle, a symbol of positivity, life, and health. Throughout Canada, monuments will be illuminated in blue to celebrate the day.

To show your support, light your house with blue lights, wear blue and share your personal stories to add your voice to the thousands of others who will be uniting for the day. Don’t forget to use #EndDiabetes to be a part of the conversation on social media.

Today and every day, we honour you and your courage to live well with diabetes. Happy World Diabetes Day!

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