Hello! This year, I'll be taking part in JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes, along with one-half million other walkers across the country, as we try to reach our goal of raising $89 million.
Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, is a devastating disease that affects millions of people, a large and growing percentage of them children.
There is some good news, though. JDRF is our best hope for finding a cure. It funds more type 1 diabetes research than any other charity worldwide and it's making progress along many promising paths toward better treatments and a cure.
Now, more than ever, you can make a crucial difference. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible? Together, we can make the cure a reality!
My grandson, Gavin, was diagnosed at the age of 2 with Type 1. There's a lot of confusion out there about what constitutes Type 1 vs Type 2. We get remarks from people about how we can reverse Gavin's diabetes if we watch his diet and he exercises. The facts are that Gavin's diabetes isn't caused by a poor diet or lack of exercise or because he's overweight. His pancreas does not produce the insulin he needs to lead a normal life. Therefore, everything he eats has to be monitored, he has to check his blood sugar several times a day, and wear an insulin pump. He's 8 now, and at the age where he feels different, and he doesn't like having diabetes, and not being able to live his life the way everyone else does. A high blood sugar causes headaches, body aches, and irritability, and research shows that with every high blood sugar, more damage is done to his organs. And, that can cause huge helath complications later in life, like loss of feeling in his hands and feet, loss of vision, and other health problems. A low blood sugar causes shaking, faintness, and irritability and an inability to focus. Gavin also faces the possibility of going into a coma from either having high or low blood sugars.
The JDRF is the only organization working to find a cure, and they're making great strides. Millions of children are being diagnosed every year as young as the age of 2. Let's put a stop to it. Help us find a cure. We need your support, no matter how small. Please donate, and please join us at the UCI Irvine Campus on November 6, @ 8:30 a.m. and Walk for a Cure.
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