On Sunday, September 15th, our family will be walking in the Walk to Cure Diabetes at Dynetics at Research Park in Huntsville. THANK YOU to all those that supported our JDRF fundraising effort last year. We also greatly appreciate all those who purchased t-shirts and came to the Walk. We were overwhelmed by the support received and are hopeful to have a similar turnout this year.
As many of you know, we have a very personal connection with this disease that affects millions of children and adults. Our 11 year old daughter, Emily, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on September 19th, 2011. As a result, besides closely monitoring her diet and physical activity, Emily must test her blood sugar levels 6-10 times a day with a finger stick and take insulin through an insulin pump. For the first 6 months after diagnosis, Emily had at least 4 shots per day. Now she inserts an insulin catheter similar to an IV every 2-3 days. A needle is inserted into the skin, the needle retracts and leaves a tiny tube or catheter in the skin to deliver insulin via the pump. These are the physical considerations of her disease but there are also emotional implications that are even more heartbreaking as a parent. No parent wants to see their child struggle with being different and face a disease that haunts them every hour of every day. This disease has forever changed our lives. I have personally made a promise to my daughter that I will do everything I can to help find a cure. I will give of my time and finances but I need your help to truly make an impact.
We are so proud to see our daughter bravely face this disease daily with courage and a wonderful attitude. While the insulin pump has relieved Emily of taking shots daily, this disease is still an incredible responsibility for an eleven year old to handle and deal with constantly - every single minute of every single day. Before she can eat a meal she must check her blood sugar, calculate the amount of carbohydrates in her food, and give herself the necessary amount of insulin – every time she eats!! Before she can participate in physical activity, she must check her blood sugar in order to avoid her blood sugar dropping to a dangerous level. This cycle will continue every day for the rest of her life unless a cure is found. The long term complications of Diabetes include eye, skin, kidney, nerve and heart complications, as well as amputations. Type 1 Diabetics are also much more likely to have Thyroid problems or have other autoimmune diseases like Celiacs. More information about Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) is at the very bottom of the email.
In our attempt to encourage and support Emily and all those suffering with Diabetes, we have formed “Emily’s Peeps” in order to do two things; 1) raise money to support the research required to find a cure, and 2) to provide Emily and others with support and let them know that they are not alone in the fight against Diabetes. The Walk is a place where they do not feel alone with their disease.
To accomplish our goal, we are actively recruiting anyone who would like to join us on our team and raise money in support of Emily and the overall Walk to Cure Diabetes.
Here is how you can help!!!
1. Make a generous contribution in support of “Emily’s Peeps” by making an online donation using the link below or mailing a check made payable to JDRF.
- Team Page Link - make donations here: http://www2.jdrf.org/goto/emilyspeeps
2. Come walk in support of Emily on Sunday, September 15th and be an active participant of Emily’s Peeps. All you need to do is register online by clicking the link above and selecting "Join This Team", collect money from people you know, including yourself, and then join us for a fun day at the Walk. The details of the walk can be found here JDRF Walk Details.
3. Purchase a t-shirt for the Walk and to help raise awareness. If you would like to order a team t-shirt, the cost is only $15. If ordering a t-shirt, please reply back by August 16th with the quantity and size (Youth S, M, L, XL and Adult S, M, L, XL, XXL). We'll collect money for t-shirts upon delivery.
We greatly appreciate your consideration and support of this most worthy cause. We look forward to having as many people as possible join us. Even if you can't join us on the walk, we appreciate any and all donations made to our team as part of our overall fundraising. Thank You!
When most people here Diabetes, they think of Type 2 Diabetes which is different from Type 1. Type 2 can often be managed and eliminated with diet and exercise. Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) can occur at any age, but most commonly is diagnosed from infancy to the late 30s. In this type of diabetes, a person’s pancreas produces little or no insulin. T1D occurs when the body’s own defense system (the immune system) attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. People with T1D must inject insulin several times every day or continually infuse insulin through a pump. While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D, and-at present-nothing you can do to get rid of it. Researchers are making great strides towards a cure and better treatments. Reference the links below for more information.
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