I will never forget the day that doctors diagnosed my daughter, Paige, with type 1 diabetes (T1D). It was the day after Thanksgiving 2013. We spent several days in the ICU with her and then several more learning how to treat T1D physically, mentally and emotionally. It was just the beginning...
That day, and that diagnosis, changed all of our lives forever. At this point in time, Type 1 Diabetics are insulin dependent for life, or until there is a cure. And that’s why I want to help my family and the millions of families like ours by training for the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes - Tour de Tucson 107 mile ride on November 22, 2014. I recently joined the Austin Ride team with 12 others. We collectively have a fundraising goal of $50,000.
Did you know T1D:
- Strikes both children and adults suddenly and is unrelated to diet and lifestyle.
- Occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. Insulin is essential to turning food into energy.
- Is life threating and requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on injected insulin. My daughter Paige, at age 14, checks her blood an average of 6 times a day and takes 4 daily injections.
JDRF is working every day to change this. And every dollar I raise helps them continue to bring life-changing therapies from the lab to the community until a cure is found.
During the time we spent in the hospital with Paige at diagnosis, I decided then that I needed to find a way to get involved with JDRF, to help them achieve the goal of a world without T1D. With every mile I ride, my hope and prayer is that my daughter, and millions of others, will see a cure for this disease in their lifetime.
Your contribution will help propel me toward the finish line, and will help JDRF move toward turning Type One into Type None!
Please check back to view my fundraising progress as my ride weekend approaches. Thank you for your support!
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