By Alana Cerrone

What would you say if you got just 11 roses in your Valentine's Day bouquet?

That's what one Coventry woman is proposing in an effort to save a child's life.

Kerri Sparling was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1986, and for the past ten years has shared her experiences on an online blog in the diabetes community.

This Valentine's Day, she's supporting the 2nd annual "Spare a Rose, Save a Child" initiative, put on by the Diabetes Online Community to help the International Diabetes Federation's "Life for a Child" program.

The initiative encourages people to buy one less rose for their Valentine, and donate the value of that flower to life-saving diabetes supplies for kids.

"Well, if someone is saying you took away one of my roses, I want a dozen, not eleven, I can say, 'but I gave the value of that rose to save a child.' Who can argue with that?", says Sparling.

The initiative runs until February 14 with a goal of raising $10,000.

Follow this link to donate now: http://www.p4dc.com/spare-a-rose/

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