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  • November 13, 2019

Making a Difference for Diabetes

It’s estimated that over 425 million people around the world currently live with diabetes—and that number is rising rapidly. That’s why, each year on November 14, people across the globe come together to mark World Diabetes Day on the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, the scientist who co-discovered insulin in 1922. 

This year’s campaign is focusing on the impact of diabetes on the whole family—and the role that you and your loved ones can play in diabetes prevention, management, and care. 
With that in mind, we’d like to take this opportunity to showcase some of our inspirational employees who are helping their families deal with the reality of diabetes every day. 

Putting Technology to Work 

When Oracle Cloud Developer Evangelist, Todd Sharp, took his active 13-year-old daughter to the hospital after she developed a variety of persistent symptoms—exhaustion, blurred vision, excessive thirst—the diagnosis wasn’t good. It turned out she had Type 1 diabetes and a lifetime of injecting insulin ahead of her.

As soon as Todd received the news, he sprang into action and began thinking of ways he could use his software development skills to help. Fast forward three weeks later and Insulin Helper was born—a smartphone app that makes use of nutritional data, image recognition, and a wireless food scale to tell his daughter exactly how much insulin she needs throughout the day. 

The app draws on open source software and powerful Oracle cloud services—including the Autonomous Database, which stores all the data. Eventually, Todd hopes to augment the app with machine learning, so that it will train itself to not only calculate insulin doses but also predict future blood sugar levels.

Cooking for a Cure 

In 2014, Bonnie Carlson’s ten-year-old daughter received a devastating Type 1 diabetes diagnosis that turned her family upside down. That’s when the Oracle Program Manager decided she was going use her skills in the kitchen to fight her daughter’s symptoms.
Bonnie used her culinary education and personal creativity to create low-carb dishes that helped to stabilize her daughter’s blood sugar. Her foray in the kitchen was so successful that she went on to write a cook-book and share her recipes with the world. 

Team Oracle Takes Action

Chief Architect Edward Screven is another Oracle employee whose family is living with diabetes—but he’s not about to just sit back and wait for a cure. Last month, he rallied a team of more than 500 Oracle Volunteers determined to raise awareness and funds for diabetes research. They took part in all four JDRF Bay Area One Walks and raised nearly $40,000 from Oracle donations alone.

“Type 1 diabetes affects many people in our Oracle family, including parents like me who have children with T1D, and employees who live with the disease themselves,” Todd explains. “Oracle’s $100,000 Hero Level Sponsorship of the JDRF One Walk is changing lives, by raising awareness and advancing the mission to find a much-needed cure.”

Creating a Future without Diabetes

At Oracle, we are proud to support our employees and help them create a future where diabetes doesn’t harm so many families. You can do your part to raise awareness by sharing your story on #WorldDiabetesDay and encouraging your loved ones to take this 5 minute risk assessment from the International Diabetes Federation.

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