Hello! This year, I'll be taking part in JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes, along with one-half million other walkers across the country, as we try to reach our goal of raising $89 million.
Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, is a devastating disease that affects millions of people, a large and growing percentage of them children.
Our son, Ryan, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 6. From that time on, he endured numerous blood tests and insulin injections every day. Unfortunately, treatment with insulin is not without problems, and Ryan was killed in an automobile accident on December 20, 2006, when his blood sugar level dropped too low. A cure did not come in time for Ryan.
There is some good news, though. JDRF is our best hope for finding a cure. It funds more type 1 diabetes research than any other charity worldwide and it's making progress along many promising paths toward better treatments and a cure.
Now, more than ever, you can make a crucial difference. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible? Together, we can make the cure a reality!
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David & Sau Ying Skerl
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