Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
As many of you know our family's world was turned upside-down on 12/12/12 when our 16 year old son, Gavin, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). 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.
Gavin spent three days in Rady Children's Hospital learning to: check his blood sugars (minimum of 4 finger pricks a day); count carbs and calculate how much insulin is needed to cover the food he eats; and how and where to inject insulin (minimum of 4 shots a day). We are very proud of his efforts to manage this life-changing disease and deal with the required adjustments that each day brings.
While this is a manageable disease, it is a challenge every day: there are "No Days Off." There is no more spontaneous snacking at picnics or parties, or running to Subway with friends or grabbing a Slurpee at 7/11 without first having to find out how many carbs are in each serving and then calculating and injecting insulin before eating anything. Gavin also has to test his blood sugars before, during and after exercising to insure that he doesn't go "low" and experience a hypoglycemic event. The past 8 months have been a steep learning curve where we've discovered that elements of daily teenage life: stress, heat, lack of sleep, dehydration, lack of exercise, all affect blood sugar levels and not always in a predictable way :-)
We're participating in JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes on November 9th, to raise funds for the millions of people living with and 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.
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. This video shares some of the exciting and hopeful projects that JDRF is involved with: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7o8cjdv_MXk
Please support me and donate to my Walk 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? Better yet, join our team and walk with us on November 9th!
Thank you for your support!
Grant, Kathy and Gavin Frost
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