Dear Family and Friends,
It's that time of year again! As many of you know, Kyle was diagnosed with Type 1 (Juvenile) Diabetes just over four years ago, shortly after he turned six years old. He will be insulin-dependent for the rest of his life. In his short ten years of life he already has endured over 10,000 fingerpricks, over 1,500 insulin injections, 250+ pump site changes and 10 Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) insertions. Three years ago Kyle switched from injections to wearing the insulin pump which has made diabetes more manageable, but still a constant management. In addition to his rigorous blood testing and site changes, everything he consumes must be weighed and measured, his blood levels still need to be checked while he sleeps and plays. Kyle is always a trooper and rarely complains. As most of you know, in spite of this he is still full of smiles, laughs, and ten-year-old mischief, amidst his daily diabetes routine. Kyle continually amazes us and is a blessing to have in our lives as a daily reminder of spirit, humility, and a positive attitude.
There are many devastating diseases in our world right now, and that saddens us. The difference with Juvenile Diabetes is that wiping it out of existence is extremely attainable and within reach. Kyle often asks us, "When will they find a cure for my diabetes?" It's a painful question to answer looking at his beaming and hopeful eyes. We feel confident a positive answer will be available before he goes to high school, a mere four years now.
Please understand, we are not trying to have a pity session. We truly believe that out of every difficulty comes something good. As parents, it's our instinct from the moment our kids are born to protect them from any harm. We must do everything in our power to help find a cure for him. It's our mission to avoid the heart and kidney disease, blindness, amputation, and early death that is a reality for many people with Juvenile Diabetes.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is the #1 non-profit funder of diabetes research worldwide. One of JDRF's largest fundraising events is the "Walk to Cure Diabetes." This is our fourth year since Kyle was diagnosed, and we will be proudly walking under the name "Kyle's Kickin' Krew" because we want to raise money towards this cause and kick it to the curb! This year's walk will be held on Saturday, November 9th at Balboa Park in San Diego!
If you are interested, there are three ways you can help us make a difference for Kyle:
Thank you for helping our family team meet our goal of raising $1,000 this year. Thank you for your support and we would be honored to see you at the Walk on November 9th!
Michelle, Don, Megan and Kyle
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