Dear family, those I consider family, friends, friends of friends, and everyone else...
Thank you for visiting my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page! :) I would like to take a minute to tell you a short story. Some of you may know this story, and some of you may not. But here goes...
On a beautiful May day in 2001 my mother and I took an unplanned field trip to the emergency room, where I received some news that changed my life forever. Several days before this, I had become very ill and weak. My family had no idea what was wrong with me, and I showed no signs of improvement. That Sunday, when I arrived to the hospital, a few simple tests answered the question that was on all of our minds. That was the moment the doctors diagnosed me with type 1 diabetes... May 13, 2001. This definitely was not the Mother's Day suprrise I intended for my mom. And in the moment, I could care less what diabetes was... I just wanted to know if I would be able to play soccer again. You know me. :) Obviously, the answer was yes...
The next few days, weeks, months, and years.... were a rollercoaster. If you do not know much about diabetes, it is an autoimmune disease, and a disease that does not take a vacation! Learning to manage my diabetes took/takes time, patience, great communication with my physicians and dieticians, and A LOT of trial and error. Oh, and not to mention countless test strips, blood glucose checks, syringes, insulin vials, alcohol swabs, pump supplies, iv prep pads, and sensors! But in the last twelve-and-a-half years, I have come to accept my diagnosis, embrace it, and use it to my advantage to improve my health and my life.
JDRF (formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) has been a very important part of my diabetic life since day one. A representative from the organization visited me while I was in the hospital and gave me a bear, Rufus, which I have in my possession to this very day.
As you may or may not know, I began interning with JDRF in March of this year, and my passion for diabetes awareness, education, and support has flouirshed. In fact, I recently applied for a position within the organization! Say hello to the new Development Assistant for JDRF's San Diego Chapter! :) JDRF is an incredible non-profit organization whose goal is to improve the lives of those living with type 1 diabetes (T1D). They work towards this goal by fundraising money to better treat, prevent, and evenutally cure T1D!
I am telling you all this because you have the opportunity to help make a difference in my life, and the lives of millions of other that have T1D. On November 9th, JDRF is hosting a 5k walk in Balboa Park to raise diabetes awareness, and to fundraise for T1D research. I am asking for your support in this amazing and unforgettable effort. I would love it if you wake up bright and early that morning, and walk with me to show your support for improving the lives of those with type 1 diabetes. I have created a team this year called LIVABETICS, you know... because DIAbetes sounds so negative. :) If you would like to join me for this years walk, you can sign up and/or donate money to my team by clicking the appropriate tabs at the top of this page!
Whichever you decide, I want to thank you for taking the time to visit my personal fundraising page, reading this, and for your consideration in supporting JDRF, myself, and my fellow diabuddies. I really hope to see you on November 9th! If you have an questions or comments feel free to text, call, or Facebook me... or hey... you can even send me some snail mail. Happy Fall ya'll! :)
Maria K. Warcholik
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