Join me in the fight to create a world without type 1 diabetes!
Welcome to my JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes personal fundraising page!
On January 24, 2011, our son Chase was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (commonly known as Juvenile Diabetes or T1D). He was in kindergarten and only 6 years old. In T1D, a person's pancreas stops producing insulin, which is essential to the body’s ability to get energy from food. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and is unrelated to diet or lifestyle. Managing T1D requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on insulin. With T1D there are no days off, and there is no cure. Chase has to consider every single bite of food or drink that he puts into his body - how many carbs is in it, what is his current blood sugar, and current level of exercise. This involves 8-10 finger pricks a day to check blood sugar (often along with 2 in the middle of the night done by his parents), changing an insulin pump site every 48 hours, and countless high and low blood sugars to manage. T1D is a very difficult thing for a 9 year old boy to manage, both physically and emotionally.
But Chase doesn't let this disease get him down. He is the most positive, brave, strong boy! He does NOT let diabetes control his life, he controls diabetes. He does not and will not let diabetes hold him back from accomplishing his dreams.
We're helping JDRF create a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D) where no one has to fear developing this serious autoimmune disease. By joining our Walk to Cure Diabetes team and/or making a donation to JDRF, you can be part of the effort to improve the lives of millions of people affected by T1D.
JDRF is the only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight T1D. Every donation, big or small, from donors like you, allows JDRF to fund the critical research needed to find a cure.
Will you accept the challenge to make a difference in your community by joining us? Just click “Join This Team” to become a team member and start fundraising. Or click “Donate to This Team” to make a donation.