Hello! My name is Ethan, and I'm seven years old. I love Lego Hero Factory, watching Formula 1 racing with my dad, and playing with my sister Hailey, racing down the driveway on our EZRollers. Oh yeah, and I love First Grade too! It's awesome! I'm a pretty typical seven year old kid, except for one thing. I have type 1 diabetes.
Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, is an autoimmune disease, where my body attacks the healthy insulin cells in my body and destroys them. My body (and yours) needs insulin. Insulin is the hormone that allows the glucose in our blood to enter body cells to be used as energy. None of us can live without it. Because my body can't make its own insulin anymore, I have to get it through daily injections or through my new insulin pump.
Type 1 diabetes is a disease that affects millions of people, many of them children. Living with diabetes is hard. When my blood sugar is too high or too low, I don't feel well, and it's dangerous. Seizures, coma, diabetic ketoacidosis (you'll have to ask my mom to explain that one), and many long term health complications are a part of type 1 diabetes.
This year, I'll be taking part in JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes. JDRF 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.
My team, Team Ethan (Eliminating Type1 Here And Now) would love to have your support in making a cure a reality! Thank you!
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Brian and Colleen Kueck
Smith Family Campton Hills