September 25, 2017

Purchase of engraved bricks supports Diabetes Canada

London, ON. (Sept. 25, 2017) – Leaving a lasting legacy at the birthplace of insulin in London, Ontario is at the heart of a new Diabetes Canada campaign. The Banting Brick Campaign invites those who have been affected by diabetes to purchase an engraved brick that will be added to the walkway at Banting House National Historic Site of Canada (Banting House), the home where Dr. Frederick Banting had the idea for insulin in 1920.

Many bricks have already been sold, creating a growing display at Banting House, as people from around the world have purchased them to leave heartfelt messages marking diaversaries (date of diagnosis of diabetes) or honouring loved ones.

“Banting House is an integral part of Sir Frederick Banting’s legacy. It was here that he came up with the idea for insulin and where he lived during the time he worked on developing this life-saving drug. While insulin is not a cure, it has been critical in saving and prolonging the lives of those who live with diabetes,” says Grant Maltman, curator at Banting House. “This campaign allows those who have been impacted by diabetes, whether it be someone living with the disease or members of the community who want to show support, to engrave a personal message on the grounds as a permanent marker at a place that means so much to everyone who relies on insulin to live a healthy life.”

The engraved bricks purchased through this campaign will be laid on the walkway at Banting House and unveiled during a special ceremony on November 14, 2017 – World Diabetes Day. The campaign will fund Diabetes Canada’s programs, including education, research, D-Camps for children living with type 1 diabetes and preserving the legacy of Banting House.

Those who are interested in purchasing a brick can do so by calling 1-800-BANTING, emailing banting@diabetes.ca or visiting diabetes.ca/buyabrick.

About Diabetes Canada

Diabetes Canada is the registered national charitable organization that is making the invisible epidemic of diabetes visible and urgent. Diabetes Canada partners with Canadians to End Diabetes through:

  • Educational programs and support services;
  • Resources for health-care professionals on best practices to care for people with diabetes;
  • Advocacy to governments, schools and workplaces; and
  • Funding world-leading Canadian research to improve treatments and find a cure.

For more information, visit diabetes.ca or call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464).

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For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Krista Lamb
Communications Manager
Diabetes Canada
Phone: 416-408-7088
krista.lamb@diabetes.ca