‘Dear Dr. Banting,:’ Dozens of letters to be featured in exhibit marking World Diabetes Day

The historical site known as the birthplace of insulin is marking World Diabetes Day by launching a virtual exhibit showcasing some of the thousands of letters penned to Frederick Banting, the Canadian scientist who co-discovered the life-saving medication almost 100 years ago.

The exhibit, called Dear Dr. Banting, was co-curated by Kat MacDonald, a Western University student who interned at the Banting House National Historic Site of Canada in London, Ont., this past summer.

It was there in the house on Adelaide Street where MacDonald first saw the letters visitors from around the world had left in Banting’s bedroom.

MacDonald, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes three years ago, said she wanted to create this exhibit to connect people, especially during a time when people are being asked to physically stay apart.

“For me, when I read the letters, it just showed that I’m not alone in what I feel often as a Type 1 diabetic. Knowing that there’s a community there with people that I’ve never even met — it’s just so gratifying.”

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