Welcome to our personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
Our daughter Katherine Elizabeth was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 8 1/2 years old on February 28, 2012.
We thought she had strep throat and scheduled an appointment with her pediatrician in hopes of getting well before the start of Spring Break. While waiting for her test results our physician mentioned that Katherine was experiencing some classic symptoms of diabetes. I managed to control my anxiety with a checklist going on inside my head. 1. She is very thin and young 2. We do not have any family history on either side 3. Did the doctor realize he left the door partially open to our room? Our younger 18 month old daughter was now racing down the office hallway...
Five short minutes later we were instructed to drive directly to Scottish Rite (CHOA) emergency room. He would call ahead and let them know we were on our way. This is the moment our lives changed forever.
Katherine was admitted to the hospital for several days. During this time an amazing care team worked to bring her blood sugars back into a normal range. Chad and I also participated in crash courses on what our new daily routine would be upon departure. Every carbohydrate has to be counted and converted to an insulin dosage required each time she eats for the rest of her life. She pricks her fingers to test her levels approximately 10 times a day. Insulin is administered via syringe or pump six times a day. The goal is not to be too high or too low as this causes organ damage. Physical activity, stress, hormones, and food choices to name a few cause swings in her blood glucose levels making every day a learning experience.
Fast forward 18 months and we reflect with awe the bravery and perserverance shown by our daughter. She is blessed with amazing school faculty and nurses, supportive friends and coaches, and the determination to be "normal" and not miss out on her goals and dreams. We are very thankful for the role models and caregivers that continue to inspire and motivate our entire family as we pray and hope for a cure!
We'll be taking part in this year's Walk to raise funds for the millions of people living with and affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). The money we raise will help JDRF fund critical research to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people's lives until no one has to fear developing the disease.
Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin - a hormone essential to the ability to get energy from food. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. It cannot be prevented and there is no cure.
JDRF is the largest nongovernmental funder of T1D research and the only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight T1D. This science is complex and costly, and every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward research comes from donors like you.
Please support our family and donate to our Walk fundraising campaign. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease. You are also invited to join our team "Katie Liz" on October 19th at Centennial Park.
Thank you for your support!
The Cochran Family
Kim, Chad, Katherine, & Ansley
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Alex, Hutson, Anne and Kevin Moore
Chris & Manon
Courtnee and Chris Price
David & Lorrie Rowe
Davis and Jennifer Gleaton
Heroes of T1D
Jody and Lisa Hill
Kim and Chad Cochran
Mary Helen & James Setser
Matt,Suzi,Marisa & Madeline
Michael Setser Matching Gift
Miss Kate Grabowski & Family
Mrs. Beth Fox
Ms. Natalie Watts
Polly & Fred Allen
Reese Cleveland & family
Rick & Tracy Ansari
Roger and Elkin Taylor
The Buffenbarger Family
The Butler Family
The Litvak Family
The Lubin Family