Join me in the fight to cure, better treat and prevent type 1 diabetes!
Friends and Family,
I find myself embarking on yet another journey that relates to the disease that I live with each and every day – Type 1 Diabetes. Much has changed since I rode in my last Ride to Cure in August, 2011. I have successfully completed two years of my undergraduate degree at Loyola University Chicago, studying both Biology and Dance. On top of ten hours per week in the dance studio, I am also teaching Spinning classes at the university recreation complex multiple times per week. Tommy will be a junior at Alter High School in the fall, and is hopeful of a spot on the renowned varsity football team. Mom is enjoying every minute of her demanding, yet rewarding job, making integral changes in our healthcare system. And Dad is doing everything in his power to hold things down on the home front, and is busy providing us with some fabulous Top Chef dinners. ;) While life certainly has been changing rapidly, there is still one thing that has not changed.
I still live with Type 1 Diabetes, a devastating chronic illness, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
This past January marked seven years of living with Type 1 Diabetes. In those seven years, I have pricked my fingers upwards of 12,800 times and given myself over 2,500 insulin injections. In the spring of 2009, I made the switch from insulin injections to an insulin pump, which made controlling my diabetes a little less painful, but most certainly not any easier. Since then, I have had the device attached to my body for approximately 35,040 hours. My insulin pump has been attached to me at my high school graduation, when traveling to Ireland to earn my medals at the All-Ireland championships and at every exam I have taken at Loyola these past two years. In simpler terms, my insulin pump does not leave my body as I do my best to live the “normal” life of a 20-year-old college student living her dream in one of the best cities in the world.
JDRF is the leading global organization focused on Type 1 Diabetes research. The organization has funded more than $1.6 billion since its founding in 1970, including $116 million in FY2011. Here’s the clincher – more than 80% of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education. This is one of the highest percentages for charities nationwide. As you read this letter, JDRF is funding more than 53 human clinical trials, several of which are in advanced stages of clinical testing that are necessary before they can be submitted for FDA approval. The donation that you make today is vital in keeping these ground-breaking research efforts alive, and quite frankly, the findings from these projects could one day keep me alive.
My intent and purpose as I prepare for the 2013 Ride to Cure is stronger than ever this year. Diabetes has affected and continues to impose on many of my closest loved ones. I watched my Dad go before me, as he dealt with his diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes. I watch my best friend, and fellow rider, as she supports her brother and me, day in and day out, as we deal with the physical as well as emotional challenges of Type 1 Diabetes. I listened to one of my sorority sisters as she was heartbroken after her twelve year old cousin’s diagnosis, and attempted to comfort another sorority sister as she dealt with the death of one of her relatives who lost his battle with Type 1 Diabetes. I used to think that the worst was over after I had been diagnosed, but my, was I wrong! The effects of this disease are unnerving, and I need you to stand with me as we support the efforts of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to find a cure for this devastating illness. I ask for your support as I ride 100 miles in Nashville on Sept 21st.
Regardless of the strains that this disease has put on my life, I will say one thing – Diabetes has made me a fighter. I fight every day with my body to keep my blood sugars high enough to stay alive, yet low enough to ward off organ damage. I fight my emotions every day, as I come to terms with the fact that part of my body is “broken” and how that damages the health of other organs in my body, not to mention the other demands that this disease places on my life. However, there is one thing that I fight the hardest for, and that is a cure.
I fight for myself, but I fight as hard as my body will physically allow for those that I have to watch suffering from this chronic illness. I fight for my fellow Type 1 riders, Ian, Nathan, and Mo. I fight for Kayla. I fight for Lane. I fight for John. I fight for Mali. I fight for Preston. I fight for Caroline. I fight for Thomas. I fight for Madison. I fight for Caitlin and Conor. I fight for Scott. And I fight for the millions of children whom I don’t know that courageously fight this battle every day of their lives. Won’t you join me in this fight against Type 1 Diabetes?
Now, more than ever, you can make a crucial difference. I ask that you please give to JDRF as generously as possible. Together, we can make the cure a reality!
No donation is too small!
Thank you for your generous support!
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