My son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was just 4 years old. He turned 8 three days ago from this writing (March 16th). When Connor was getting ready to blow out his candle (I put one on his chocolate chip pancake for breakfast :-)), we told him to make a wish. He sat back in the chair and just thought for a few minutes with his eyes closed, then opened them and blew out the #8 candle. I wondered what he wished for....he didn't share his wish with me because, of course, then it wouldn't come true. I wondered if it were a cure for his diabetes. It brought tears to my eyes because I don't believe any child should have to wish for a cure for a disease or terminal illness. They shouldn't even have to think about things like that.....that isn't how I grew up and I wish Connor didn't have to either. This disease is not something that I can take for my son, I can't bear the daily struggles he goes through or the pain associated with it, but only try to help him adjust and grow stronger because of it.
This will be our family's 4th year participating in the Walk to Cure diabetes and the theme this year is superheroes in the war against diabetes. Connor is my little superman. He greets most every day with a smile on his face, a spring in his step and is ready to take on the world. He doesn't let his diabetes get him down, no matter how hard this disease tries. Some days are definitely more challenging than others and can bring tears and pain, but most days are manageable. Connor is in second grade, he plays on a soccer team, he loves to skateboard and play WiiU, and he loves his family and friends. He wants to grow up and become a veterinarian so he can help sick animals.
Type 1 diabetes is a devastating disease that affects millions of people and those numbers continue to increase. JDRF provides so much support to us as a community and we feel they are our best hope for finding a cure. JDRF funds more type 1 research than any other charity worldwide. It is making progress along many promising paths to prevent, treat and cure diabetes.
I know so many people have been affected by the economy, a job loss, a decrease in salary, and so on, but if you can help in our efforts, no amount is too small. Maybe you can't personally donate but could you ask a neighbor, family member, co-worker or friend?
Connor believes in a cure. I don't want to slow down our walk and fundraising efforts because I want him to continue to believe in that dream. I don't want our team and donations to dwindle away with the years ... I want them to grow, because Connor still has this disease, because you love him or know someone who loves him, or even know someone who is affected by this disease other than my son.
Please help support us in our efforts and come walk with us on April 13th at The Jacksonville Fairgrounds.