Dear Family and Friends,
Welcome to my JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes Page! and thanks for your past support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) on behalf of the Malenfant Family!
Nine years ago,our two-year-old son Ben was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes,an autoimmune disease (unrelated to diet and lifestyle) requiring lifelong dependence on synthetic insulin. To take care of Ben's diabetes daily, he received insulin shots 5-8 times a day and we pricked his finger to check his blood sugar every two hours and once or twice a night. Imagine being stuck with a needle or lancet up to 18 times a day!
Today Ben's blood sugar number is broadcast wirelessly on his continuous glucose monitor, a new device, which we check all day. His insulin pump allows him to push a button to give himself needed insulin after eating or when his sugar is high instead of shots. While nighttime testing is still a reality, and carbs must still be counted on every piece of food and drink, and the ports for both devices must still be inserted with a painful needle every few days, Ben's diabetic regimen is much improved thanks to breakthroughs made possible by your donations to JDRF.
What we really want, though, is a Cure for this awful disease.
Matt and I are committed to raising money to make this happen! This year we will be taking part in the November 22 JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes in Tuscon, Arizona where we plan to ride 75-100 miles in one day! We have now been training for six months.If you would like to help us reach our fundraising goal, you can donate online here or send a check to JDRF at 225 City Line Avenue, Suite 104 Bala Cynwyd PA 19004 and put Matt or my name in the memo line!
Thanks again for all your support!
Terri and Matt
P.S. A little poem that Ben wrote this year…
My Life With Diabetes
I have on my fingers a bunch of holes
From testing my blood sugar, 100's my goal.
I have diabetes, it can limit some things--
Cakes cookies, ice cream and candy rings.
I play alot of sports, always on the go.
But when I do, I must check for the low.
Can't leave my house without filling my pockets-
Pump, sensor, and gushers in case my sugar rockets.
Carbs and Insulin-what alot of math!
Whenever I eat, I must follow this path.
Many other kids have diabetes for sure.
Please spread the word so we can find a cure.