Ellen Buffington





Why I give!

My families life was changed forever 3 years ago when my 8 yr grandson was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. His life will never  be the same. My daughters life will never be the same. She amazes me with the strength & fortitude she has. She suffers herself from a debilitating autoimmune disease but now must put her sons needs ahead of her own. Since August of 2010 she has gotten  up every night at 2 am to check his blood sugar in case it has plummeted in the night, which is a real emergency for anyone with  type 1 diabetes. Those times at night when your metabolism shifts into high gear and eats up all the sugar in your system, causing a dangerously low blood sugar....coma ...or worse. I think of the time when she was a baby and I had to get up for  three months every night at 2 am to feed her, thinking I would die of exhaustion before those three months were up. What if  I had to do it for the rest of her childhood? What if the result of not getting up were not a hungry screaming baby, but a child  not ever waking up again... New advances in the artificial pancreas are on the horizon.. Not in the far future,but already starting to top the edge of the  horizon I can see the first rays of light glowing over the ocean as it edges toward reality. Testing is being done now!! That will  allow Michael to be a regular kid. It will allow my daughter and many other daughters to sleep soundly through the night  knowing their child will be under control in the night and wake up in the morning. That's why I give! The hope of TYPE NONE!!!! Please help by making your own contribution to the juvenile diabetes foundation! Every donation brings that dawn of the  artificial pancreas closer to reality! And a world without type one diabetes within Michael's lifetime.

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Date and time

April 5, 2014
Registration: 8:00 AM
Starts: 9:30 AM
Length of walk: 5K


Lori Wilson Park Cocoa Beach
1500 N Atlantic Ave.
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931



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(407) 774-2166

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