My hero, my beautiful girl, Lovingly known as K, K Bear, and #4.
Our daughter, Kristen was diagnosed as a junior in high school with Type 1 Diabetes. Two days after she ran with her team in the NJ State Championship Cross Country meet she was rushed to Children's Hospital of Phila. with her blood sugar at a critically high level. Kristen said to me at CHOP, "I felt so horrible, when I saw the ambulance along the course I just wanted to quit & go to it." Kristen dug deep... really, really deep and finished that race on one of the toughest cross country courses in NJ despite severe diabetic symptoms. She is our Champion! She's my Hero! She's my Inspiration!! God knows that race could've had a devastating outcome knowing what we know now.
Without giving any specifics diabetes can and does rear it's ugly head at the most inopportune times. It is frustrating to hear peoples nonchalant attitude about diabetes. Admittedly, I did not understand the severity of the disease until it was my child It's a terrible, spiteful, despiccable disease. There is no remission, no breaks,
I am just so incredibly thankful for JDRF and the research they fund to improve the lives of those with T1D on the way to a cure.
This century ride is NOTHING compared to what she did that day and every day. I purchased a new bike in October, (the beach cruiser wouldn't cut it). Thank God things turned out the way they did. Hearing her describe the way she felt during the race and the fact that she finished demonstrates her incredible determination and strength of character. Kristen is our champion!!
By walk day she will have given herself approx 3,925 insulin injections and finger sticks. Kristen has good days and some not so good days. I'm sure you have a friend or family member who has been affected by diabetes. Living with this chronic disease is a challenge, to say the very least.
Insulin keeps people with T1D alive but it is NOT a cure. We are asking for your support. Our family would love to see you out on October 7th as part of Kristen's Krew supporting our girl and all those affected by T1D. It is easy to register for the walk and/or donate if you can't make it on the 7th by using the link on the site: http://www2.jdrf.org/goto/kristenskrew
Kristen & her family thank you in advance for your consideration.
Jim & Debbie, Rachel, Jessie, Dylan, Kristen, & John Mooers
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Mrs. Deborah A. Mooers