Again I am asking for you support in my fourth walk to support Juvenile Diabetes Research. In addition, I want to invite you to join my family in our walk. It would be my great pleasure to personally introduce you to our captain and inspiration, Makenzie!!
As you know, Makenzie was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes April of 2009, just before her First birthday. As a Type 1 Diabetic, she will be insulin-dependent for the rest of her life. In her short 5 years of life, she already has endured over 26,000 fingerpricks, 12000 insulin injections ...and wears a full time catheter for her insulin pump. She is healthy and enjoys a typical five year old life thanks to her insulin pump she calls Robot... Makenzie has an inserted catheter in her back hip that ‘pumps’ insulin into her 24 hrs a day based on programming for HER! In addition to her rigorous blood testing and insulin doses/shots, every food she consumes must be weighed and measured, and her blood levels need to be checked every 2-3 hours, even while she sleeps. She remains one of the most brave people we know....She is our hero. We are so fortunate to be blessed with such a dynamic granddaughter.
Makenzie started Kindergarten last week and we can not wipe the permanent grin off her proud face. She is beaming. The joy that she delivers to her daily walk of life is inspiring. She enjoys swimming, gymnastics, dancing and singing, dress up and SHOPPING! she runs to the playground faster than we can!! She rarely complains. She is full of smiles, laughs amidst her daily diabetes routine. She has started to engage the diabetes daily routine on her own...before we know it she will independently be managing her insulin need. Makenzie continually amazes us and is a daily reminder of an adaptive, positive attitude.
There are many life long diseases out there today and causes to support. The difference with juvenile diabetes is that wiping it out of existence is extremely attainable and within reach. People often asks us, “When will Makenzie's diabetes go away?” It’s a painful question to answer looking at her beaming and hopeful eyes. At this moment the answer is: never - but, we feel confident a positive answer will be available in her lifetime - possibly during her school age years.
We are going to WALK TO CURE DIABETES again this year through the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
If you are like me, I always question just where do my donation dollars go. In 2012 Forbes magazine named JDRF one of its five All-Star charities, citing the organization's efficiency and effectiveness. More than 80% JDRF's expenditures directly support research and research related education. JDRF is the #1 non-profit funder of diabetes research worldwide.
Thank you in advance for helping our family team meet our fund raising goal.
Have a Great Day!