Hello! This year, I'll be taking part in JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes, along with one-half million other walkers across the country, as we try to reach our goal of raising $89 million.
Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, is a devastating disease that affects millions of people, a large and growing percentage of them children.
On April 25th, 2011, our son Cole was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. The first 8 months were filled with insulin injections (at least 4 a day) and finger sticks to check his blood sugar (at least 7 a day), along with carbohydrate and blood sugar correction calculations throughout everyday. Then in December, 2011, Cole got an insulin pump that administers his insulin through a site placed on his body. The site is changed every 3 days, which still involves a needle, much to his dismay. Though he still checks his blood sugar frequently (around 10 times) throughout the day, and we count his carbohydrates everytime he eats, the pump eliminates multiple daily injections with a syringe. We are very thankful for this technology, and the prospects of what could happen with the pump in the future with the help of JDRF's support of diabetes research. Needless to say, Cole's life and our family's lives have been changed forever. Cole will need insulin and to check his blood sugar everyday for the rest of his life, and he will be at risk for the many complications that can accompany diabetes.
There is some good news, though. JDRF is our best hope for finding a cure. It funds more type 1 diabetes research than any other charity worldwide and it's making progress along many promising paths toward better treatments and a cure.
Now, more than ever, you can make a crucial difference. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible? Together, we can make the cure a reality!
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Jessica & JP