It’s time. Time for a unique symbol for type 1 diabetes--the equivalent of the breast cancer pink ribbon--to provide a unifying theme for building awareness and fundraising. Today, every family fundraising team and organization has their own identity. The current message of our search for a cure is fragmented. The UN symbol for international diabetes day--the blue circle--to which some in this community have become attached, has never generated the global momentum imagined and at best represents only a general view of all diabetes (including type 2). I've heard the arguments that we need to promote the blue circle. But now more than ever, as coverage of type 2 has increased dramatically and creates more confusion, we have to fight to educate the general public about type 1. Type 1 is relentless and we must be relentless as well. We have to remain intensely focused and raise our voice. A symbol can help. In the spirit of “we are not waiting!” I am sharing a new graphic symbol for type 1 with you. A symbol that respects and reflects the foundation of the international blue circle but goes further by presenting a unique visual statement for type 1. A symbol that can consolidate public focus. My intent is to push a grass roots effort to have this symbol adopted by non-profit groups and fundraisers--to be used on t-shirts, websites, and fundraising events and jewelry. You can view this new symbol and story on the “C1D Symbol” tab of http://www.curetypeone.com www.curetypeone.com, a non-commercial website I set up to help parents of newly diagnosed children in the first 30 days. The symbol is available to you for any non-commercial use. Your comments are welcome.