This year marks my seventh Walk to Cure Diabetes in San Diego! Over the years, I have met some amazing people and feel lucky to be part of such a wonderful event. Our JDRF rock star volunteers continue to inspire me to work toward turning Type One in Type None.
My job for the Walk is to raise funds to improve the lives of all people affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). The money we raise will help JDRF fund critical research to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people's lives until no one has to fear developing the disease.
During the morning of the Walk to Cure Diabetes, I am busy managing the event and never get the opportunity to actually walk the route. For this reason, I have been eager to complete a race of my own.
So in 2014, I will turn 33 years old and I am challenging myself to complete the San Diego Half Marathon Triple Crown. This is a trio of Southern California half marathons starting with the Carlsbad Half Marathon in January, followed by the La Jolla Half in April, and finally the America’s Finest City Half Marathon in August.
As part of the challenge, I will be personally raising funds to support the mission of JDRF which is funding research to deliver a cure for T1D and its complications. At the same time, JDRF is also focused on developing better treatments that will transform the way people with T1D treat the disease today, in order to help them live healthier lives now and in the future. Finally, JDRF also seeks to prevent T1D, to keep future generations from developing the disease.
T1D is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin - a hormone essential to the ability to get energy from food. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. It cannot be prevented and there is no cure.
Please support me and donate to my Walk/Run fundraising campaign. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible today?
Thank you for your support!
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