As most of you know, my oldest son, Brandon, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) on April 16, 2009 when he was 15 years old. This diagnosis was a life changing event for our family, but especially for Brandon. Since that moment, he has had to prick his finger multiple times a day to test his blood sugar and give himself insulin injections each and every time he eats. As there is currently no cure for diabetes, Brandon will have to manage this disease for the rest of his life. While he is doing a great job controlling his diabetes, we are praying and working for a cure.
Brandon's 2014 Update: Brandon is now in his sophmore year at Florida State University and his second semester in the prestigious film program at FSU, where he is following his passion and ambition to be in film production. During the summer of 2013, he transitioned from insulin pens to the Omnipod pump. A pump eliminates the need for multiple daily injections of insulin. After five months of use, he is happy with the decision to move to the pump and the freedom it provides him. An added benefit for pumps is that studies have shown that insulin-pump therapy is associated with lower A1C (average levels of blood glucose over a three month period).
Brandon is being responsible and doing his part to manage his diabetes to help prevent long-term complications which include diseases of the eye, nerves and kidneys. Now, I must do my part by supporting JDRF and their mission to discover, develop and deliver advances that cure, better treat and prevent type 1 diabetes. As the global leader in the fight against T1D, JDRF’s research programs are comprehensive – addressing the hopes and dreams of every person with T1D for the best quality of life and a cure for this disease.
I’m asking you to help support the fundraising efforts by joining the Bank of America walk team or donating to JDRF so that Brandon and others with T1D can have hope for the future. JDRF is the best way to support this effort. I realize that I have asked many of you to support this cause each year and I understand if you are unable to donate at the same level each year. Brandon and I greatly appreciate your help and any donation you can reasonably make.