Welcome to my JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes personal fundraising page!
Hi, as most of you already know...my name is Cooper Lanier, and I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes just 4 years ago. Since my diaganoses, I have haad to learn to give myself insulin injections, prick my finger 8-10 times a day for blood sugars, count carbohydrates, and manage my own insulin pump. I have had to learned to live with this disease and face many challenges throughout this journey. I have to be responsible for my blood sugar while at school and make careful decisions regarding my diabetes management during the day.
I was hospitalized a year and half ago with DKA (Diabetes Ketoacidosis) and spend 3 days in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for blood sugar over 600. I was very scared and had to have IV insulin and had be closely monitored in the ICU. Over the past 4 years I have had many nights when my parents and I have had to stay awake at night becuase my blood sugars were either too low (29-50) or too high (over 400). This hasn't been easy, especially on school nights. Having Type 1 diabetes has also caused me to miss time in school because I have to go to the school office to either drink a jucie box to get my blood sugar up or get an additonal insulin shot to bring my blood suagr down. This results in missing some classwork as I am out of the classroom for 20-30 minutes at a time or sometimes I am out of school completely because my blood sugar is too high and requires parent management at home. I am still making A /B honor role as my parents insist on completion of all missed assignments while I am out of school for diabetes managment.
This is just a little bit about my life and how I manage with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) on a day to day basis. So, please take the time and make a donation and/or walk with me and my TEAM "Cooper's Troopers" on April 12th, 2014 Walk to Cure Diabetes at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds. We are raisning money to fund research to improve the lives of millions of people like me, 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, as the largest nongovernmental funder of T1D research, every dollar JDRF directs toward its research plan comes from donors like you.
Please support me and donate to my Walk fundraising efforts today. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease.
Thank you for your support! I hope to see you on April 12th 2014 walking with my TEAM "Cooper's Troopers" :)
Cooper Lanier (Cooper's Troopers)
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