Help Turn Type 1 Into Type None
If you've met our son Joshua, you know a few things about him: he talks like an old man at the age of 7, he is currently obsessed with Pokemon, and he has Type 1 Diabetes.
I won't deny it – that third one, Type 1 Diabetes, sucks. Even when we manage it to the best of our abilities, some days it's like trying to eat soup with a fork. We like to refer to diabetes management as “controlled chaos.” Sometimes it's more chaos than control. We've run the gauntlet of erratic blood glucose levels from how-are-you-still-functioning lows to why-aren't-you-in-a-coma highs that land us in the emergency room.
Joshua was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of three. Two years ago, he asked me how long he would have diabetes because he didn't want it anymore. My heart caught in my throat and all I could say was, “Until there is a cure.”
Until there is a cure. When Type 1 Diabetes has him feeling sick to his stomach, pausing while he's playing to change out his insulin pump site or enduring yet another poke on his finger for a glucose check, Joshua holds on to the thought that one day there will be a cure. That one day Type 1 will become Type none.
Will you help that thought become a reality?
I am asking for your help in supporting me as I ride 107 miles around Tucson in November to raise awareness and money for a great cause and an awesome charity, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The JDRF is the leader in funding research and education for Type 1 Diabetes. One example of your JDRF donation dollars hard at work is Beta Cell Encapsulation which is currently in FDA trials. With an implant the size of a band aid and thickness of a credit card, it eliminates the need for insulin therapy and constant blood glucose checks for up to two years at a time. While not a cure, this is a huge milestone toward finding one. To read more about this awesome diabetic technology, click here: http://jdrf.org/encapsulation/.
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you very much.
The Alexander Family
There are several ways to donate:
Donate online at:
go to RIDE.JDRF.ORG and donate to rider Timothy Alexander
or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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