Hello! This year, I'll be taking part in JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes, along with one-half million other walkers across the country, as we try to reach our goal of raising $89 million.
This cause means soooo much to me as many of you!
I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when I was 7 years old on March 8, 2000. My family and I had no idea what Diabetes was and how it would change my life. When you’re that young, you usually have no idea what’s going on. The only thing that mattered to me was the fact that I was incredibly thirsty, and now I had to take shots frequently. My mom and dad had to learn how to count carbohydrates, prick my finger, and give shots. I learned how to do all of that in time. When I was 8 years old I got the insulin pump. I’ve now had Diabetes for over 13 years: over 32,000 finger pricks, countless shots, countless pump site changes, and so much more.
Juvenile Diabetes is a disease that strikes children suddenly, leaves them insulin dependent for life, carries the constant threat of complications such as kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, amputations, heart attack, and stroke. More than 1.3 million Americans have Type 1 Diabetes. Each year over 13,000 children are newly diagnosed in the U.S. Diabetes is also incredibly expensive to maintain.
I am now a 20 year old college student at the University of Georgia that has to prick her finger 7-8 times a day, count carbohydrates, change pump sites, give shots, and much more. I’m not trying to make you feel sorry for me, but you can do something to help! You can donate to JDRF, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and help find a cure.
This will be the 14th Walk I have attended, and I now attend the walk in Athens, GA as well as the one in Atlanta. I have a walk team, Mindy’s Diabetic Freaks. My friends are extremely supportive in helping me with fundraising and going to the walk. I am also a part of Dawgs for Diabetes on campus; we help educate people about Diabetes while raising money for JDRF and camps for children with Diabetes. I also now volunteer at Camp Kudzu as a counselor.
JDRF is the largest nonprofit, non governmental funder of Type 1 Diabetes research worldwide. They are helping Diabetics find a cure through research and much more. 80 cents of every dollar goes straight to the research.
The walk is October 19 in Atlanta. The Athens walk is October 26. Any donations would be greatly appreciated. YYou can also help by purchasing a long sleeve t-shirt which will cost $13, plus shipping. I need the money by September 15.
Now, more than ever, you can make a crucial difference. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible? Together, we can make the cure a reality!
-Until there's a cure!
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The Will Family