Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
My children and I will be participating in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes walk this year in honor of my husband, Eric. He was diagnosed with T1D at the age of 6. He has been through so many of the negative effects of this disease including loss of limb and blindness. Our son Tyler is 9 1/2 and our daughter Kaitlyn is 6 years old. Tyler was four when the complications started for Eric and our daughter has only known her dad in this way.
Eric has a prosthetic leg and a prosthetic eye. Numerous complications in 2012 - including 7 surgeries for retina detachment - has left the vision is his working eye to be 20/150 with glasses. In addition to these complications, he only has about 40% of the vision left in that eye.
Everyday, he struggles with vision problems as well as walking difficulties. His insulins are in the form of a pen so he can count the clicks in order to administer the correct dose. He needs me to change out the drum in his meter every few days because he cannot see it to line it up properly. He needs to walk on crutches to get in the shower and needs a chair in there as well since he cannot stand. Other health issues require the need for me to get his other medications distributed into his weekly pill compartments; one for morning pills, the other for evening pills. He cannot call into the pharmacy to refill anything because he cannot see the labels so he is always needing someone for help.
Because he has limited vision, it is a constant struggle to make sure there is nothing in the way for him to trip over. The kids and I are constantly learning more everyday what he can and cannot do. He has not been able to drive for almost two years and he can no longer work to provide for his family. Because of all the surgeries endured in 2012, his pupil has become permantly fixed and dilated, as well. He is constantly blinded from the outdoors and even on a cloudy day, he needs to wear double and sometimes triple protection sunglasses. His good eye is constantly blood shot from all the surgeries.
I'll be taking part in this year's Walk to raise funds for the millions of people living with and affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). The money I raise will help JDRF fund critical research to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people's lives until no one has to fear developing the disease.
Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin - a hormone essential to the ability to get energy from food. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. It cannot be prevented and there is no cure.
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 and donate to my Walk fundraising campaign. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible today?
Thank you for your support!
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Ken & Rose Petersen
Mrs. Marianna Kientzler