Did you know that 80 people a day are informed that they have Type 1 Diabetes?
In 2011 Addie became one of the estimated 15,000 children diagnosed that year. She was a month shy of her 5th birthday and loved to watch SpongeBob SquarePants, listen to Katy Perry, talk on the phone and dance as if no one in the world was watching her.
On August 12, 2011 Addie fell into a coma due to a sudden onset case of childhood diabetes; her blood sugar was 543 and the physician's weren't able to stabilize her sugar levels. After six days of fighting and praying and listening to all of her favorite songs. After procedures and medical imaging. After reading to her and talking to her, cuddling her and pampering her as if she were at home, as if she weren't fighting the toughest battle of her life, Addie's family was informed that
the Diabetes had won. Addie would never wake up. She would never come home.
I'm not Addie's mom or her aunt or her sister; I'm her 'Joe'. A friend of the family that loved that little girl with every ounce of my heart. She was taken from us to soon and I've been walking in her memory since November of 2011 because I never want another human-being to ever have to go through what the people surrounded by the Parkers had to. No one should ever have to say good-bye to their child.
JDRF is the largest nongovernmental funder of T1D research and the only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight T1D. This science is complex and costly, and every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward research comes from donors like you. Please support me this November and donate because ever dollar helps. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease.
Thank you for your support and don't forget to REQUEST THE TEST annually at your families physicals. Checking for diabetes is not a routine test; it’s something you have to ask for! Your child's life is worth a simple test.
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