Jonathan with his Pop Warner team's Bowl Game trophy, 2013.
We will turn Type One into Type None
Welcome to my 2014 Walk to Cure Diabetes page!
On May 28, 2011, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D). I was 7 years old. This disease used to be called juvenile diabetes until doctors learned that adults could develop it, too.
Did you know that T1D is an autoimmune disease, and has nothing to do with a person’s diet or exercise? Only 5% of people diagnosed with diabetes have T1D. With T1D, a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin. Our bodies need insulin to deliver sugar from food to our cells for energy. No one can live without insulin! People can get T1D when they are kids, teenagers, or adults. Once you get it, T1D lasts forever. Just to survive, people with T1D have to take lots of insulin injections every day or get it continually through a pump. Taking insulin doesn’t cure T1D. Neither does eating differently nor exercising. There is no cure for T1D!
I’m writing to ask you to support me in reaching a goal that’s important to me—to raise money for research to find a cure for T1D. On April 5th, 2014, I’ll be in the Brevard 2014 JDRF Walk for a Cure. My team will be called Team Jonathan! You can help support me in my goal to raise $1000 by walking as a member of Team Jonathan, making a donation of $10 or more, or even by fundraising yourself. My mom and I also designed the Team Jonathan T-shirts, and I hope to have 50 people walking with me wearing our shirts!
You might be wondering why you should donate to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Well, let me tell you a little about what my life would be like if I DIDN’T have diabetes.
First, I would be able to sneak a cookie out of the cookie jar without having to worry about my blood sugar. If I do that now, I have to think about what my blood sugar is before I eat the cookie, how many carbohydrates are in the cookie, and making sure I get insulin for the cookie. If I don’t, my blood sugar will spike, and that will make it hard for my kidneys and other organs to work right.
At school, I wouldn’t have to go to the nurse before I eat my lunch, after I eat my lunch, and two hours later to check my blood sugar and take insulin. The other kids that are there always watch and ask a lot questions about what I’m doing and why. I wouldn’t have to deal with that if I didn’t have diabetes. Also, sometimes in class, if my blood sugar is too high or too low, it makes it harder for me to focus and learn (but I’ve still made A/B Honor Roll every grading period since I was diagnosed!). And if it’s really high or low, I have to stay at the nurse’s office and miss class until it get better. I hate when that happens.
Next, I wouldn’t have to always be thinking about my blood sugar when I’m playing sports. I’d be able to eat and exercise and not have to stop and check it. I wouldn’t have to worry about my blood sugar getting so high that I couldn’t play, or so low that I might pass out or have a seizure. If I didn’t have diabetes, I could just practice and play in the games like the other kids.
If I didn’t have diabetes, I also wouldn’t have to prick my finger 7-10 times every day to check my blood sugar. Can you believe that since I’ve been diagnosed, my fingers have been pricked more than 7,500 times?!! And before I started wearing my pump last March, I had received more than 6,000 injections!
I don’t want for any other kids to have to worry about all these things. If we can find a cure for T1D, then maybe one day in the future when someone is diagnosed there will be medicine to reverse this autoimmune disorder. A lot of people with T1D live healthy lives, but as you can see, there is a lot to think about and manage. And right now, there is NO CURE! With your help, we can all help find one!
Would you please help me reach my goal of $1,000 with your tax-deductible donation or by joining me on Team Jonathan during the Walk for a Cure on April 5, 2014?
It’s easy to help! Simply click the link on this page, and then pick the best option for you:
1.Register as a walker with Team Jonathan (Lori Wilson Park, Cocoa Beach, FL) on April 5, 2014.
2.Make an online donation to Team Jonathan.
Remember you can also help by buying one of our cool shirts! More info on the shirts will be announced later.
Your tax-deductible gift will help make a difference in the lives of people with T1D and fund research to find a cure! More than 80% of JDRF’s spending directly supports T1D research and education. Any amount, great or small, helps JDRF find the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is conquered and neither will I!
Please be part of the cure, and join me on Team Jonathan today! Thank you for your support!