If you have found this page, then I am lucky to call you my friend, my loved one, an esteemed colleague. I know how caring you are, how dedicated to improving people's lives you are, and how many philanthropic efforts to which you are committed. I'm blessed that these are the kind of people that surround me. There are a lot of great causes out there and a lot of opportunities for you to change the world.
Today, I'm asking you to change my world.
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).
While your support WILL help millions, I'm asking you to help me support one person I love.
My mother suffers from type 1 diabetes, 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. Not a day in my life has gone unmarked by this disease.
While you and I have the luxury of choosing what to eat and when we want to eat it, these freedoms are denied my mother. This is not as simple as "my mom can't eat cake"
If my mother eats only a salad for lunch, the consequences could be dire.
The implications go far beyond food. Our body is a beautifully complex system, and my mother's system is broken. Emotions like excitement, anxiety, fear, happiness, depression, etc. all affect my mother's blood sugar, requiring intervention.
Imagine if every time you felt excited for a vacation, nervous about a review, or sad about a loss that your health was immediately impacted.
If my mom does not eat, her body is incapable of maintaining the essential functions it performs to keep her alive. If gone undealt with, within hours she will become disoriented/lose cognitive functioning, pass out and die from low blood sugar.
Some of my earliest memories involve my mother having these near-death episodes. I learned to dial 911 (and did countless times) before I was in kindergarden.
If my mother eats, but does not give herself insulin, her body cannot process it and her blood sugar will sky rocket, causing nausea, dehydration, lethargy, and if untreated she could lapse into a coma.
in the long run high blood sugar can be more deadly than low, causing cell damage and complications such as blindness, kidney disease, heart disease, etc.
My mom is in a constant state of treating herself to avoid these two extremes. This involves multiple daily finger pricks to test blood sugar, insulin injections, an insulin pump attached to her at all times with a catheter, etc. It is a very delicate balance that is difficult to achieve even with the utmost vigilance.
You CAN help!
Because it is not. Her immune system for some unknown reason attacked her pancreas. It is not tied to her weight, life choices, religious beliefs, or any other factor in her control.
Donate to the Walk to Cure Diabetes today!
The money I raise will help JDRF fund critical research to lessen the impact of T1D on people's lives until there is none. JDRF is already directly responsible for many amazing improvements to T1D treatment that I have seen in my relatively short lifetime, and in the only 80+ years since this diagnosis was a death sentence!
Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating disease.
It will make a difference to me, and to my mom.
Please give to JDRF as generously as possible today. I know what I am asking, and I will appreciate your help more than you know.
Thank you for your support!
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