Petra Diaz





  • Krystal & Kirsten

    Krystal & Kirsten

  • My daughter Kirsten

    My daughter Kirsten

Join me in the fight to cure, better treat and prevent type 1 diabetes!

Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!  I'll be taking part in this year’s Walk to raise funds to improve the lives of all people affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D) Including my family.  If you ask people with T1D, they will tell you it is difficult and life threatening.  And they know it never goes away. 

As many of my dear friends and family know, my daughter Krystal was diagnosed with T1 diabetes at the age of 15, just two weeks before her 16th birthday. Definitely NOT the birthday gift she asked for.  It turned her world and ours upside down.  She's had to change her whole life and with that she struggles with the thought of having this disease and everything that comes with it for the rest of her life. She will be insulin dependent the rest of her life. I am also doing this for my father and my cousin Tommy who also had type 1 diabetes. They passed away due to complications of T1D. May they rest in peace.

Now fast forward to September 2013, when I took my other daughter Krsten to the doctor for a routine physical. The Dr. had walked into the room to tell me that Kirsten had sugar in her urine and it was 193. All I could think was deja vu all over again! It was the same scenario as my daughter Krystal 5 years earlier. How could this be happening to my second daughter. I tried to be strong and not to break down especially in front of her but it was hard for me. I never thought I would hear those words again, but I did and now Kirsten also has T1D. Kirsten is a year younger then Krystal was when she was diagnosed, age 15.

So now this really touches my family and hope that they will find a cure soon. Too many young lives that shouldn't have to deal with this disease ever. It just break my heart!

I’ll never forget that morning of March 13th 2009 that Krystal woke up and told me that she wasn’t feeling well, said she was up at 4:30am and couldn’t sleep, said it hurt to go pee so I made a doctor’s appointment thinking she must have a bladder infection.  We go to the appointment at 11:00 am, the doctor took a urine test and asked me what she had for breakfast, I said nothing at this point. After a few minutes the doctor comes in and told us that she believes that Krystal has type 1 diabetes.  Her urine test showed that her blood glucose was 232, here I thought she was going to tell us yes it’s a bladder infection and prescribe a antibiotic, boy was I wrong.  I started to think back a couple of months  when Krystal would come home from school and complain that she was always so tired during class and couldn’t stay wake during the day even with all that sleep at night.  Me thinking that she was a teenager and she was staying up way to late at night and not getting to proper sleep.  Now when I think about it, I feel  I should have paid more attention to her and that it was a possibility that it could be diabetes, after all I should have recognized the symptoms since I had gestational diabetes when I was pregnant with her and knew how tired I was, more so than just being pregnant.  Plus my father and cousin also had type 1 diabetes so I knew what it is all about. 

Please help me reach my fundraising goal of $250.00 by visiting my personal fundraising page and making an online donation. Donating is quick, easy and secure! However, if you would prefer, you can mail your contribution directly to me. Please private message me, and I will send you my address. Make your gift payable to JDRF, and please put my name in the memo field.

I am asking for your support.  Please donate to my personal fundraising efforts.  By doing so, you can help me make a difference for millions of people living with type 1 diabetes.

Did you know that:

  • T1D is an autoimmune disease that comes on suddenly and strikes both children and adults at any age?
  • T1D has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle?
  • Those living with T1D must carefully balance insulin doses with eating and daily activities throughout the day and night?
  • Those living with T1D must test their blood sugar by pricking their fingers for blood 6 or more times a day?

As the leader of the type 1 diabetes community, JDRF unifies global efforts to cure, treat and prevent T1D.  JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered.  Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible?

Thank you for your support!

Petra DeLuca Diaz

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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



Martin Bernstine
(407) 774-2166

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