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I'm participating in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes!

Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page! 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 nationwide goal of raising $94 million.  

The Walk draws people together in a healthy activity for a worthy cause while raising money to help find better treatments and a cure for type 1 diabetes.
This year's Walk takes place on April 6, 2013, at Lori Wilson Park and I'm asking for your support.
 
In August of 2011, my 9 year old nephew, Michael, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D). This day changed our family's life forever. Type 1 diabetes has no cure. Many people believe that insulin is a cure, but it is not. Diabetes needs constant attention.  To stay alive, people with type 1 diabetes must take multiple insulin injections daily or continually infuse insulin through a pump.  Each day, every day, for the rest of Michael's life he will have to carefully monitor food and insulin intake, as well as exercise to to maintain a careful balance and avoid high or low blood sugar reactions that can be life-limiting or life threatening.
 
When I see the way Michael takes control of his health it inspires me to take care of myself better.  I began to think about the fact at 9 he is mature enough to make good decisions about his eating and health habits, to check his own blood sugar up to 8 times a day and give himself injections 4-5 times a day. Surely at 39 I can be more responsible with my health.  I have made it my goal to start walking on a regular basis, and start a healthy life style.  
 
You can help me reach my fundraising goals by either making a one time donation on line, or signing up to walk with us at the relay!
 
The money we raise will go to improve the lives of every person affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating and preventing T1D.


Thank you for your support and making a difference in improving the lives of people with type 1 diabetes.
 
Sincerely,
Amy Poplar

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