Help Us Turn Type 1 Into Type None!
In February of 2007, my wife and I became the proud parents of a second beautiful baby boy we named Joshua. Life was moving along quickly, as life does, when in November of 2010 our world was turned upside down. Joshua nearly died and was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). T1D is an autoimmune disease which attacks the pancreas causing it to no longer produce the hormone insulin. Your body requires insulin and without it, you cannot live.
Type 1 Diabetes strikes both children and adults at any age. It comes on suddenly, causes insulin dependence for life, and carries with it the constant threat of devastating complications and death. Through insulin therapy and blood glucose monitoring we manage Joshua's diabetes, or more accurately, attempt to control the chaos. Managing diabetes is a 24/7/365 operation; we check Joshua's blood glucose levels periodically throughout the day and night, every day and every night. There is nothing more terrifying than catching him in an unbelievable low in the middle of the night and knowing had we not checked him right then he would have slipped away into a deeper sleep, never waking up again.
Two years ago Joshua asked, “Dad, how much longer do I have to have diabetes? I don't want it anymore.” Heartbroken and knowing T1D is a lifelong disease I responded, “You only have to have it until there is a cure.”
Until there is a cure. When T1D has him feeling sick to his stomach from high blood sugar, pausing while he's playing to change out his insulin pump site, leaving class with a buddy to safely reach the nurse's office to treat a hypoglycemic episode, 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?
As parents we can't cure T1D ourselves, but we can raise awareness and money for research towards a cure for Joshua and the millions of other children and adults who fight every moment to live with T1D. On November 22nd I am participating in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's 104 mile Ride to Cure Diabetes in Tucson, AZ. I've sent you this letter to personally ask for your donation and support in raising awareness and money to fund research towards a cure. Together we can turn Type 1 into Type NONE.
You can support us by donating at the following link: http://www2.jdrf.org/site/TR/Ride/JDRFNationalRides?px=3383501&pg=personal&fr_id=3432
Google “JDRF Tim Alexander”
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!
The Alexander Family