Living with diabetes is a constant balancing act. It’s like doing everything in your daily life while keeping a balloon in the air.

Thank you to those who participated this year.

Together we were able to raise $100K for Life for a Child.

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Living with diabetes is a constant balancing act

We look forward to continuing to make the invisible, visible!

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We believe in developing better care for everyone with diabetes, which is why we’re partnering with Life for a Child — working together for a brighter future.

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About Life for a Child
In some under-resourced countries, children living with type 1 diabetes don’t have access to life-saving insulin, blood glucose test strips, and diabetes education. Life for a Child partners with diabetes centers across 44 countries, including Tanzania, Mexico, and India to help young people with diabetes who have no other care available.

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Interested in diabetes technology?

Smart Insulin Pen

Smart insulin pen

An insulin pen that uses Bluetooth® technology to send dose information to a mobile app.

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Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM)

Continuous glucose monitor (CGM)

A CGM system allows you to see glucose levels, trends, and alerts on your mobile device.

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Insulin Pump Therapy

Insulin pump therapy

Self-adjusting* insulin technology that brings new features through software upgrades.

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* Refers to SmartGuard Auto Mode. Some user interaction required.

Blue Balloon Challenge Terms and Conditions for the United States of America


Blue Balloon Challenge (BBC) refers to balancing a blue balloon in the air whilst doing a daily activity and subsequently posting this act on social media and tagging @medtronicdiabetes.

Challenge Period means the period commencing 12:00 a.m October 4, 2023 (PST) and continuing until 12:00 a.m November 30, 2023 (PST).

Donation means the donation to Life for a Child set out in clause ‎4 of these Terms.

Entrant means a person participates in the BBC in accordance with these Terms

Entry Material means an Entrant’s BBC including the response and any photos, images, or videos Promoter means Medtronic International Trading Sarl

Social Media Channels is inclusive of Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, X Corp., YouTube

  1. These are the terms and conditions of entry into the 2023 Medtronic Diabetes Blue Balloon Challenge and information on how to enter the BBC which form part of these Terms (these Terms). Participation by Entrants in the BBC is deemed acceptance of these Terms. By participating in the BBC, the Entrant acknowledges that they have read, understood, and agree to be bound by and abide by these Terms.
  2. The Promoter may (subject to applicable laws) vary the terms of, or terminate, the BBC at any time prior to, or during, the Challenge Period at its absolute discretion without liability to any Entrant or other person.
  3. The Social Media Channels are not sponsoring the BBC and respectively have no control over the BBC or the Donation, however the Entrant agrees to be bound by any applicable terms and conditions of the Social Media Channels by entering into the BBC.

  4. Donation Acknowledgement

  5. For every BBC performed and publicly shared on Social Media Channels with both the hashtag #BlueBalloonChallenge and tagging @medtronicdiabetes during the Challenge Period, the Promoter will donate $5.00 USD per social post to Life for a Child up to $100,000.00 USD.

  6. Conditions of Entry

  7. An Entrant’s entry must not be unlawful or capable of violating any law or giving rise to a civil action; obscene; defamatory or libellous; threatening or harassing; pornographic or contain nudity; hateful; offensive against a person or group of persons on the grounds of age, colour, gender, national or ethnic origin, disability, race, religion or sexual preference; incite or be capable of encouraging conduct that would be considered a criminal offence; or in violation of the social media guidelines, rules or terms of service of the Social Media Channels used to enter the BBC.
  8. Promoter reserves the right to disqualify any Entry Material counted towards the Donation where it reasonably suspects that such entries are prohibited by these Terms, any relevant law, or are otherwise deemed inappropriate. This is at Promoter’s absolute discretion. All participants acknowledge that the Promoter reserves the right to delete and block any Entrant who submits abusive, inflammatory, offensive or other materials deemed inappropriate by the Promoter.
  9. Entrants retain all ownership in their Entry Material however, by submitting their Entry Material, Entrants hereby grant the Promoter an irrevocable, non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, sub-licensable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of and display the Entry Material for the purposes of conducting and promoting the BBC, advertising and marketing the Promoter or the BBC on all media now known or later devised, in perpetuity. For the avoidance of doubt, the Promoter is not required to seek the Entrant’s prior approval before using the Entry Materials.
  10. Each Entrant warrants that they have the full power and capacity to grant the rights, warranties, and consents set out in these Terms;
    1. the Entry Material is not, and its use by the Promoter (or the Entrant) will not be, in breach of any third-party intellectual property rights;
    2. they will fully indemnify the Promoter against any loss or damage suffered by the Promoter:
      1. in the event that any of the warranties given by the Entrant are false;
      2. as a result of any breach of these Terms by the Entrant; and
    3. they have consent from each person appearing in the Entry Material (or if a person appearing in the Entry Material is under the age of 18 years, from that person’s parent or guardian).
  11. To the extent permitted by law, the Promoter shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever (including but not limited to direct or consequential loss) or for any personal injury suffered or sustained, including as a result of the Promoter's negligence, in connection with the BBC undertaken by any Entrant.
  12. Promoter will collect, use, and disclose personal information of Entrants in accordance with Promoter's Privacy Policy for the purpose of the BBC. A request to access, update, or correct any personal information should be directed to Promoter at their address set out above. A copy of Promoter's Privacy Policy is available online at https://www.medtronicdiabetes.com/privacy-policy
  13. These conditions are governed by the laws of California.

Important safety information: MiniMed 780G system with SmartGuard technology with Guardian 4 sensor
The MiniMed 780G system is intended for continuous delivery of basal insulin at selectable rates, and the administration of insulin boluses at selectable amounts for the management of type 1 diabetes mellitus in persons seven years of age and older requiring insulin as well as for the continuous monitoring and trending of glucose levels in the fluid under the skin. The MiniMed 780G system includes SmartGuard technology, which can be programmed to automatically adjust insulin delivery based on the continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) sensor glucose values and can suspend delivery of insulin when the sensor glucose (SG) value falls below or is predicted to fall below predefined threshold values.

The Medtronic MiniMed 780G system consists of the following devices: MiniMed 780G insulin pump, the Guardian 4 transmitter, the Guardian 4 sensor, One-press serter, the Accu-Chek Guide Link blood glucose meter, and the Accu-Chek Guide test strips. The system requires a prescription from a healthcare professional.

The Guardian 4 sensor is intended for use with the MiniMed 780G system and the Guardian 4 transmitter to monitor glucose levels for the management of diabetes. The sensor is intended for single use and requires a prescription. The Guardian 4 sensor is indicated for up to seven days of continuous use.

The Guardian 4 sensor is not intended to be used directly to make therapy adjustments while the MiniMed 780G is operating in manual mode. All therapy adjustments in manual mode should be based on measurements obtained using a blood glucose meter and not on values provided by the Guardian 4 sensor. The Guardian 4 sensor has been studied and is approved for use in patients ages 7 years and older and in the arm insertion site only. Do not use the Guardian 4 sensor in the abdomen or other body sites including the buttocks, due to unknown or different performance that could result in hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia.

WARNING: Do not use the SmartGuard feature for people who require less than 8 units or more than 250 units of total daily insulin per day. A total daily dose of at least 8 units, but no more than 250 units, is required to operate in the SmartGuard feature.

WARNING: Do not use the MiniMed 780G system until appropriate training has been received from a healthcare professional. Training is essential to ensure the safe use of the MiniMed 780G system.

WARNING: Do not use SG values to make treatment decisions, including delivering a bolus, while the pump is in Manual Mode. When the SmartGuard feature is active and you are no longer in Manual Mode, the pump uses an SG value, when available, to calculate a bolus amount. However, if your symptoms do not match the SG value, use a BG meter to confirm the SG value. Failure to confirm glucose levels when your symptoms do not match the SG value can result in the infusion of too much or too little insulin, which may cause hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia.

Pump therapy is not recommended for people whose vision or hearing does not allow for the recognition of pump signals, alerts, or alarms. The safety of the MiniMed 780G system has not been studied in pregnant women, persons with type 2 diabetes, or in persons using other anti-hyperglycemic therapies that do not include insulin. For complete details of the system, including product and important safety information such as indications, contraindications, warnings and precautions associated with system and its components, please consult https://www.medtronicdiabetes.com/important-safety-information#minimed-780g and the appropriate user guide at https://www.medtronicdiabetes.com/download-library

Important Safety Information: Guardian Connect CGM System
The Guardian Connect system requires a prescription and is indicated for continuous or periodic monitoring of glucose levels in the interstitial fluid under the skin, in patients (14 to 75 years of age) with diabetes mellitus. The system is intended to complement, not replace, information obtained from standard blood glucose monitoring devices, and is not recommended for people who are unwilling or unable to perform a minimum of two meter blood glucose tests per day, or for people who are unable or unwilling to maintain contact with their healthcare professional. The system requires a functioning mobile electronic device with correct settings. If the mobile device is not set up or used correctly, you may not receive sensor glucose information or alerts. For complete details of the system and its components, including warnings, contraindications, and precautions, please consult the user guide at http://www.medtronicdiabetes.com/support/download-library/user-guides and important safety information.

The system is intended to complement, not replace, information obtained from standard blood glucose monitoring devices. All therapy adjustments should be based on measurements obtained from standard blood glucose monitoring devices and not on values provided by the system.

Important Safety Information: InPen
The InPen is a home- use reusable pen injector for single- patient use by people with diabetes under the supervision of an adult caregiver, or by a patient age 7 and older for the self- injection of a desired dose of insulin and for calculating an insulin dose or carbohydrate intake based on user entered data. A healthcare professional must assist in dosage programming of the device prior to use, based on various patient- specific criteria and targets. The InPen requires a prescription. For additional product and safety information, please consult the Instructions for Use and bit.ly/InPenRisks.