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Join me in helping prevent, treat, and cure Type I Diabetes!

Rachel on our family vacation, July 2014

    As some of you know, my sister was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in early 2012 (at age 26). Rachel loves to work out and has always been physically active, dancing in drill team when she was in high school. To talk with her you would never guess she is living with a disease that could alter her life. For her, I have decided to take part in this year's JDRF Tahoe Ride to Cure Diabetes. I am asking all of my friends and family to support my efforts by making a donation to JDRF.

    Forbes recently rated JDRF one of the top 5 'all star' charities for cost efficiency. They are currently funding clinical trials on an 'artificial pancreas' - essentially an implanted feedback loop of a glucose monitor and insulin pump. This invention, if successfully funded to market, will dramatically change the quality and longevity of life for diabetics. JDRF funded research has also identified several genes involved in the onset of the disease and a suspected virus as the trigger.

    T1D, often referred to as "juvenile diabetes" --

    - 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. 

     - Requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on injected insulin.

    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. 

    I have been hard at work training and fundraising, and your gift today will propel me toward the finish line. Please donate and help JDRF achieve its goal of a world without T1D. 

    Thank you for your support.  It means a lot to me and my family.





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