As many of you know, our daughter Christine has been living with Type 1 Diabetes since she was two years old. She will be insulin dependent for the rest of her life. Our family continues to learn more about diabetes and the lifestyle changes living with the disease requires. Christy continues to amaze us. She is a daily reminder to all of us of courage, spirit, and a positive attitude.
Christy is now 10 years old (WOW!) and will be entering 5th grade in the fall. Christy continues to do fabulously on her pump and is becoming more and more independent with her diabetes care. She learned lots at diabetes summer camp last year including inserting her own pump infusion site and is looking forward to going again this year. Christy continues to love her sports, especially basketball and soccer. Her basketball team went 38-1 this year, winning 7 tournaments over the season (Daddy was coach J). Soccer is in full swing now where she plays defense and goalie. Having diabetes certainly hasn?t slowed her down at all!
With Christy as my inspiration, this year I?ll be donning spandex again to ride in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Ride to Cure both in LaCrosse as well as the even more challenging ride through Death Valley, California. In each ride, I'll be joining hundreds of other cyclists riding 100 miles in one day. I am especially looking forward to the 7 mile climb to Jubilee Pass through Death Valley. I?ll be sure to send a picture when I make it to the top! We will spend hundreds of hours training our bodies for the event. I ride with the belief that with every mile pedaled and every dollar raised, we are closer to a cure. That is why I'm asking for your support. Our goal is to raise $4.5 million to fund research to find a cure for diabetes and its complications.
Researchers now more than ever are hopeful they will find a cure for diabetes in Christy?s lifetime! I'm writing to ask for your support because each of us can make a real difference. My personal goal is to raise $6,000.00 by race day. Together, we can make the cure for diabetes a reality.
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Mrs. Amber M Fortune