Dear Family and Friends,
I'm writing to you to ask for your support in a very special cause.
As many of you know our daughter, Janessa, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when she was four years old. She is now a thriving thirteen year old that loves horseback riding, camp, swimming, biking, basketball, Girl Scouts and hanging out with her friends.
Although, she is very responsible for her diabetes care (or at least getting better every day =), it is a constant worry for Vernon and I when she is not with us and when she is. She must check her blood sugar several times a day and rely on a little insulin pump to live. It is a delicate balance of food and insulin that is battled every day. This year has been extremely difficult as her growing body and hormones learn to use the insulin we inject. It has gotten so bad, in fact, that she missed 42 days of school this past year and even spent several days in the hospital. We are all so tired of this war and are ready for a cure!!
Again this year, we'll be taking part in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Walk to Cure Diabetes along with a half-million other walkers across the country. Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, is a devastating, often deadly disease that affects millions of people--a large and growing percentage of them children.
Many people think type 1 diabetes can be controlled by insulin. While insulin does keep people with type 1 diabetes alive, it is NOT a cure. It is merely life support. Aside from the daily challenges of living with type 1 diabetes, there are many severe, often fatal, complications caused by the disease.
That's the bad news... and yes, it's pretty bad. The good news, though, is that a cure for type 1 diabetes is within reach. In fact, JDRF funding and leadership is associated with most major scientific breakthroughs in type 1 diabetes research to date. And JDRF funds a major portion of all type 1 diabetes research worldwide, more than any other charity.
I'm writing to ask for your support because now more than ever, EACH of us can be a part of bringing about a cure. Each of us can make a real difference.
Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as you're able? Together, we can make the cure a reality.
Lots of love and many blessings,
Vernon, Tina, Janessa, Carson and Brayden Smith
Please visit my Walk Web page if you would like to donate online or see how close I am to reaching my personal goal:
or you can mail checks made out to JDRF to:
Tina Smith, 134 Cranford Mill Drive, Newnan, GA 30265
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Mrs. Ann Marie Kerlin