Malitha Tardiff





Join me in the fight to create a world without type 1 diabetes!

Welcome to my JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes personal fundraising page!

I'm joining this year's Walk to raise funds to improve the lives of millions of people with type 1 diabetes (T1D). The money I raise will help JDRF advance its strategic research plan to end T1D.

T1D is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, which the body needs to get energy from food. Managing the disease requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on insulin. With T1D there are no days off, and there is no cure.

JDRF is working every day to change that. And we have hope for a cure!

My husband and I were just hours away from losing our daughter, and our son nearly lost his sister. Within two weeks, our daughter, Alexandria, lost 35% of her body weight, had an uncontrollable urge to drink something, napped at awkward times of the day, became lethargic and refused food. As most parents would, we went through the process of elimination. We were confused and scared. This, fragile, child of ours was changing daily and, eventually, hourly. 

One day, she began vomitting, badly, and we made our way to the doctor. After nothing making sense, we were recommended to have lab work done. Two days later, while we were still waiting for the lab results, we could not see our daughter in this condition any longer, especially, after we found out, from her, that she did not remember the last time she had gone to the bathroom. By then, we knew this was an emergency situation. We were headed to the ER the following morning.

That morning, she had stopped walking and eating, and she was plummiting downhill fast! We loaded up in the car and darted straight to the ER. Upon arriving, I had to carry our, 9 year old, daughter because she was to weak to even walk. And the cold silence from our, normally, giddy, goofy daughter was haunting.

Within minutes of arriving, the staff rushed to her and had her in her own room, and her disposition was that of death. In the midst of the chaos, my husband and I were told that our daughter is fighting to live and has T1D. The information was blury, as I was not swallowing what I had just heard, but once I left to go home from the hospital, as my husband rode in the ambulance to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, I saw her short life flash before my eyes.

After spending a week in the hospital, there are no words to describe the joy and peace that my husband and I had while watching his angel and my Pickles, literally, come back to life! We are, eternally, thankful...

I share this, humbly, as we realize we are just one of many stories. And we hope that you will join us in your support, by donating to JDRF, to offer hope for our angel and Pickles that, maybe, one day, there will be a cure. 

Thank you in advance for your support! And our personal prayers go out to those who lost their battle, to those with T1D, and to those who have a loved one with T1D.

God Bless.

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Date and time

April 12, 2014
Registration: 9:00 AM
Starts: 10:00 AM
Length of walk: 3 miles


Flagler Park
201 SW Flagler Avenue
Stuart, FL 34974



Lora Hazelwood
(561) 686-7701

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