Dear Friends and Family,
On November 9th our family will once again be participating in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes. This marks our 10th year of “Brooklynn’s Bandits” so psychologically it is a momentous year for us. During the last decade Brooklynn’s Bandits has raised over $150,000 and our goal is to hit the $175,000 mark this year.
The support you have given us has been amazing and we can’t begin to tell you how important it has been to our family, especially Brooklynn. Why our family got involved in the JDRF Walk is obvious. As parents your biggest hope for your children is to watch them grow and live long, healthy, and happy lives. So when your child is diagnosed with a life threatening chronic disease you have to do something. You have to help find a cure.
But now looking back it is unbelievable just how many wonderful things have happened as a result of participating in the JDRF Walks; none of which directly tie into actually finding that cure. It all started back in October 2004 when that first magical moment happened. It was the day of our very first JDRF Walk and Brooklynn was only 4 years old. After seeing all the people who showed up in their Brookynn’s Bandits T-shirts, Brooklynn grabbed my hand, looked up to me and asked with tears of joy in her eyes “Daddy, are all these people here for me?” I answered, “ Yes sweetheart, they are here to support you and help us fight to find a cure for you”. I gave her a hug, we both cried and the magic started right then and there.
Now, 10 years later and over 30,000 finger pricks, insulin shots & pump site changes that little 4-year-old girl who was scared and confused by her disease has grown up into a strong, confident, disciplined young lady who is a fighter. She will tell you in no uncertain terms that while she has type 1 diabetes, type 1 diabetes doesn’t have her. Recently Ely Lilly & Disney did a short documentary on Brooklynn to help newly diagnosed children and families deal with the issue’s teen's face. If you are interested, we would be happy to send you the link when available.
By this point most of you know that you cannot cause type 1 diabetes. It’s an autoimmune disease that attacks your pancreas and destroys the beta cells that produce insulin. Brooklynn will never outgrow it. She will continue to prick her fingers 8-10 times a day to check her blood sugar, wear her pump that delivers the insulin she needs to live, balance everything she puts into her mouth along with her exercise and daily routine until the day we find a cure. The good news is that the money you have donated is working on multiple fronts to improve her daily life. Just one example is the JDRF-funded artificial pancreas project which will soon become a reality. It is my belief that a bio-technological cure will come before a true biological cure and it’s almost here.
So our big day is coming up soon and for the reasons above we ask for your help yet again. You can join our team or donate to our team by clicking the blue buttons at the top of this page. If you plan on walking with our team please contact us before October 15th at the email below with your t-shirt size.
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Barbara & Pat McCardle
James Hervey Johnson Charitable Educational Trust
MIKE & RUTH DELLARA
San Diego Softball Academy
Steve and Stephanie Brownell
The Flynn Family
Ure & Dianne Kretowicz