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    My mom told me that when I was a baby, she held me up like all new moms do, (to make me look like I was standing on my own) and she said "I just KNOW you are going to change the world."  I think that maybe mom was right, but it is not going to happen the way she thought it would happen.  

    I am Eliott Gardy. I am 13 years old and I was diagnosed in November 2012 on my mom's birthday with Type 1 diabetes.  Because there are different kinds of Diabetes, many people don’t give it the attention that they would give to a disease like "Cancer" or something that sounds scarier than "Diabetes". A lot of people think it is because of poor diet. Part of the way I am going to change the world is by helping people understand what it really means to be a Diabetic. 

    For me, having Type 1 Diabetes means that if I don’t take insulin I will die.  I used to be like every other kid who went to the doctor and had to look away to get a shot.  Now I prick my finger a minimum of 6 times a day – almost 50 times each week – just to take a blood glucose reading. Then I have to add another 4 insulin injections a day.  10 shots a day every day of my life unless something is done to find a cure. Before I had Diabetes, I could run into the house and grab anything to eat and then run back out to play.  Now every time I eat anything, I have to study the label, pull out a calculator and determine how many carbs my food contains so I can determine how much insulin each injection must have. That is very hard to do at restaurants or cookouts, or in front of friends – I don’t like seeming “different”. I still believe that I will change the world, but right now the world is changing me.

    Since I cannot take a day off from having Type 1 Diabetes, I will also not take a day off from raising awareness and helping to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. Why? Because I don’t want anyone else to have to face what we face every day. Even with all of our calculations and all of our planning, we experience times when my blood sugar levels drop so low I find myself in danger.

    The JDRF is something I really believe in. But making a meaningful difference is not something that I can do alone. I need you help.  Please donate to so that I can participate in the JDRF Ride for the Cure.

    If you want to donate in my mom's name, please search for Rebecca Gardy at My step-dad, Scott Poindexter, is also riding,so please donate in his name too! 

    Thank you so much!

    Eliott Gardy



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