Dear Friends and Family,
I'll be taking part in this year's Walk to raise funds for the millions of people living with and affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). The money I 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.
Type 1 diabetes 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.
JDRF is the largest nongovernmental funder of T1D research and the only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight T1D. This science is complex and costly, and every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward research comes from donors like you.
As you probably know I have spent the past 12 years with the disease which brings countless new struggles; sometimes on a daily basis. As I have gotten older, I have realized that managing the disease has become even more difficult now balancing a stressful job, (stress affects blood sugar levels) fluctuating hormones and the emotional/mental aspects of the disease that I never quite dealt with as a child. Don't worry, I'm not going to bore you discussing injections, food monitoring blah blah blah because you've heard it all before. All I want to convey in this message is something you probably already assume, this cause is obviously very dear to my heart. This organization is incredible and from day one of my diagnosis has provided great resources and connections for my family and I. As for their research, it's absolutely mind-blowing. I've attended numerous events JDRF has sponsored/participated in and trust me when I say that the progress they continue to make each and every day is so unbelievably promising. I'm not sure if there will be a cure during my lifetime but I have and always will continue to put my complete faith in JDRF finding one some day.
Now here comes the awkward asking for money part. Let me preface it by saying that I absolutely hate asking for money and always have. Especially these days, it is no secret how devastatingly awful the economy is; people are struggling to find jobs and put food on the table, so I feel selfish asking for donations. Therefore, I completely understand if it is not possible for any donation at this time. Positive thoughts are more than sufficient or joining me in spirit for the walk this year is just as fabulous. If you are able to spare a dollar or two towards this great cause, it would be deeply appreciated.
My personal fundraising goal is $500 and can be contributed to by visiting my personal fundraising page and making an online donation. Donating is quick, easy and secure! However, if you prefer, you can mail your contribution to the address listed below. Make your gift payable to JDRF, and please put my name in the memo field.
1121 Fresno St Apt F
San Diego, CA 92110-1723
Thank you for your support and for helping to transform the lives of people with T1D.
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Mr. George and Phyllis Faxon