Join me in the fight to cure, better treat and prevent type 1 diabetes!
Hello! This year, to help find a cure for my son Charles who is a Type 1 diabetic, as well as all other Type 1 diabetics, I'll be taking part in JDRF's Ride to Cure Diabetes on November 23 in Tucson. My goal is to bicycle over 100 miles. Sounds hard, but not nearly as difficult as living everyday with Type 1 diabetes.
Did you know that:
- T1D is an autoimmune disease that comes on suddenly and strikes both children and adults at any age?
- T1D has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle?
- Those living with T1D must carefully balance insulin doses with eating and daily activities throughout the day and night?
- Those living with T1D must test their blood sugar by pricking their fingers for blood 6 or more times a day, and either use an insulin pump or take multiple insulin injections every day?
Let's put this into perspective, my son was diagnosed at age 11 and is now 27. Over the past 16 years he has endured over 43,316 finger pricks to test his blood sugars and over 30,940 insulin injections. There have been 2 emergency room visits and one frantic call for paramedics. Charles takes very good care of himself. He could be a poster person for excellent diabetes care. But Type 1 Diabetes doesn't stop because a person takes good care of themselves. Many Type 1 diabetics suffer serioius health complications even though they practice diligent care. Insulin injections and finger pricks are not a cure - they are a life vest, keeping my son and others like him alive until we can find a cure.
I hope you will help by sponsoring my effort and donating to the JDRF.
As the leader of the type 1 diabetes community, JDRF unifies global efforts to cure, treat and prevent T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered.
Thank you for your support!