Most people have heard of Smokey the Bear. Have you ever heard of Jerry the Bear?
Jerry the Bear is a teddy bear, but he is not just any teddy bear. Jerry the Bear helps kids with Type 1 diabetes adjust to their new lifestyle.
By playing with Jerry the Bear, children will learn to master their medical procedures and have fun doing it.
Jerry the Bear was the result of a creative idea for the 2009 DiabetesMine competition. Jerry the Bear was created to answer the design question:
How can we help diabetic children care for themselves?
According to statistics, every year 186,000 children in the US are diagnosed with diabetes. Children learn how to take care of themselves by taking care of Jerry the Bear with diabetes, giving insulin shots, monitoring his diet and measuring glucose levels.
The Creators of Jerry the Bear
A pair of recent Northwestern University graduates, Hannah Chung and Aaron Horowitz created Jerry the Bear as an interactive teaching toy for children with Type 1 diabetes. The project grew out of a nationwide college nonprofit organization called Design for America, which Chung found in 2009 and now comprises more than 600 student members.
Jerry the Bear, the group’s first social innovation project, evolved out of personal experiences.
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Hannah’s father and grandparents had Type 2 diabetes. She learned the importance of treating the disease through exercise and a healthy diet.
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Aaron was diagnosed with Human Growth Hormone Deficiency as a child and had to receive daily injections. This gave him an immense amount of empathy for children living with Type 1 diabetes.
About Jerry the Bear
Jerry has insulin injection patch sites, a pulsing heart, and a chest gadget that displays his blood glucose level. Jerry’s diabetic owner will be able to monitor and maintain his health by feeding him food and giving Jerry an insulin shot when he needs one. Jerry the Bear not only provides a loveable method to teach kids how to manage a serious condition but Jerry the Bear helps shape an empathetic bond.
The entrepreneurs project that Jerry the Bear will hit the market in 2013. Eventually, they hope the bear will be the first in a line of toys for children.
Meet Jerry the Bear in the VIDEO on the left.
Jerry the Bear his own website and his own Jerry the Bear blog. You can follow Jerry the Bear on Twitter and Facebook too.