Welcome to our JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes team page for Kelsey, Kalei, and Ayla!
Below you will find all of their stories and a few pictures of them!
KALEI: Our daughter Kalei was Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in Honolulu, Hawaii March 8, 2012. At this time everything seemed like a blur to us and I felt like life was ruined for her. I’ll never forget the courage and bravery Kalei had from the get go. She told us everything was going to be okay, and we would learn how to manage Type 1. She never stopped smiling. Kalei has been our anchor through this process. She wanted to learn about Type 1 and what “she” needed to do to manage her body. Within 4 weeks of being diagnosed Kalei was giving herself her own shots, helping count carbs and helping us all learn. 14 months later Kalei is not only using the insulin pump but completely knows how to use it appropriately. As we pray as a family, it is at times said in our prayers “Thank you Heavenly Father that there is insulin on the earth for Kalei”. Yes we all are hoping for a cure and believe there will be a cure someday. But until then, Kalei our 9 year old fully cares for herself, and is grateful each day that she can live and enjoy what life has to offer! We would love anyone and everyone to join our family and friends on Nov. 9, 2013 and donating to our fund to find a cure! Much aloha to all!
KELSEY: Kelsey is one of our 8yr old identical twins who was brought to this earth on April 25, 2005. Kelsey has embraced life, friendship, adventure, love and happiness for as long as we can remember. In a home of 6, she has always taken a special role as the kind, caring and nurturing child. Kelsey is passionate about life and in having fun, whether she is dancing, playing soccer, playing with her 3 sisters, or making new friends, she always has a positive attitude and smile on her face. On our Thanksgiving family vacation to Maui last November, Kelsey had to be life flighted to a children's hospital on Oahu where she was diagnosed with type 1 Diabetes. At the time the trials and unknowns felt unbearable for Kelsey and our family. Over the last year, Kelsey has proven to be the strongest person we know! Her example and strength with handling type 1 has encouraged our entire family in learning how to deal with her challenges. The one thing that is heart-warming to us as parents and gives us hope, is when Kelsey prays for her health and a cure for diabetes each and every night, and then feels at peace when she goes to sleep. We know that if we all continue to work together & fight for a cure in ending type 1 diabetes, it will happen! Please consider walking with our friends and family on November 9th and donating to our fund to find a cure! Thank you!!!
AYLA: Ayla was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in November of 2012 while on vacation in Hawaii. She was having symptoms of extreme thirst, frequent urination, weight loss, and exhaustion. After deciding that something just wasn't right with her, we went to a nearby pharmacy and bought keytone strips to check the protein level in her urine. When the strip read that she had a very high amount, we took her to an ER. After I explained her symotoms and the results of the keytone strips, the doctor checked her blood sugar. After waiting on her blood work to come back, the doctor confirmed that she had Type 1 Diabetes, and that she would be transfered to the Children's Hospital to be admitted. Over the next few days the doctors and nurses gave us a "crash course" on how to keep Ayla alive. I can remember Ayla looking up at me in the hospital bed and saying, "Mom, when can we leave? When am I going to be done taking the shots and finger pokes?" I couldn't stomach the thought of telling her that she had to live like this forever, unless we find a cure. She has done nothing but show me what the real definition of BRAVE is. She fights for her life and over comes obstacles that no child should have to go through day after day. Ayla is our hero :)
For those of you that are not familiar with T1D. Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. It cannot be prevented and there is no cure.
JDRF is the only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight T1D. Every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward research comes from donors like you.
The challenge we've set ourselves - to raise money for JDRF and to walk - is modest compared to the daily challenges of life with T1D, which involves a 24/7, unrelenting cycle of blood sugar testing and insulin injections to manage the disease.
Just click on the "Join this Team" button, make a donation, and start fundraising. We would love for everyone to walk with us but understand that may not be an option for those of you that live out of state. You can always be a virtual walker and support us from your home!
Thank you for your support, and we'll see you on Walk day!
|Sugar Shots for Ayla, Kelsey, and Kalei||Raised|
|Christi and lance Deleva||$30.00|
|Denotes a Team Captain|
Chris & Britney Hansen
Dane & KeriLyn Pollock
David & Karoline Maher
Dennis & Linda Smith
Doug and Cassie Root
Genny & Pam Coats and Alex Hawn
Great Grandma Janet
Joseph, Kristin, and Dore Girls :)
Justin and Katie Jo
Meryl and George Young
Mr. and Mrs. Ross & marian Moody
Mr. Darrow Rogers
Mr. James W Lashbrook II
Mr. Mike Davis
Mrs. Maria Cannon
Mrs. Neal & Suzanne Byington
Mrs. Tina Flynn
Ms. Allison Bradshaw
Ms. Kalei Pollock
Ms. Rickie L Painter
nana and Popo
Uncle Dave and Aunt Linda
URC West, Inc.
Yasmin Merkel & Family