Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
My son Ryan was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 9, he is now 18. When we were first diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes I was in shock. We really didnt know much about the disease. We as a family had to learn together on how to control this terrible disese. Ryan really didnt understand what was going on all he knew is that he was different than the other kids at school. He would have to interrupt his classroom learning to go to the nurse and test his blood sugars 2-3 times per day. He never liked needles but had to learn to accept them and give himself a shot after lunch everyday while he was at school. Ryan never knows how people will react when giving himself a shot and was embaressed if we were in a public place. He is now wearing a pump and will have to wear it for the rest of his life unless there is a cure. Having Type 1 diabetes does limit certain things in life. Ryan wanted to join the military but since he has Type 1 they will not allow you to join. Ryan lives a full life and can do almost everything that a person without diabetes can do but he has to make sure that his blood sugars are under control otherwise he will become very ill. By having this disease he has a high risk of loosing his site, having kidney problems or even losing limbs if his blood sugars are not controlled.
With this being said Ryan and I will 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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Annette & Stephen Balogh
Mrs. Margo Wiedmaier