Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page! I'll be taking part in this year’s Tempe 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes November 2nd to raise funds to improve the lives of all people affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). If you ask people with T1D, they will tell you it is difficult and life threatening. And they know it never goes away.
Josh, my grandnephew, was diagnosed at age 6 with T1D. I remember visiting him at Phoenix Children’s Hospital shortly after he was diagnosed. I saw a scared, bewildered and confused 6 year old who saw a future full of finger pokes and insulin shots. For this 6 year old there was a lot of things most 6 years olds don’t' have to deal with. He had to learn about blood sugar, glucose readings, counting carbs and the constant testing and shots of insulin to try to keep things as "normal” as possible. His parents also had to go through a crash course on how to deal with T1D again counting carbs and doing the "math" on how much insulin to give and sleepless nights checking glucose levels several times to keep his T1D in check. Normal is a target that is very hard to achieve but he and his parents Wendy and Jason work hard to keep all as normal as possible. Today, I see a confident 9 year old, involved in community theater home schooling and sports who thinks nothing of the finger pokes and is working to be an active participant in his treatment. Josh now has an insulin pump that helps but still there is no escape from daily regiment testing and insulin injections.
Why do I walk? I walk for Josh and thousands of kids and adults who hope for a future free of T1D.
I am asking for your support. Please donate to my personal fundraising efforts. By doing so, you can help me make a difference for millions of people living with type 1 diabetes.
Did you know that:
As the leader of the type 1 diabetes community, JDRF unifies global efforts to cure, treat and prevent T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible?
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