Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
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.
This cause is important to me because I, myself have juvenile diabetes. I think most people fail to realize that Type 1 diabetes is a 24/7/365 disease. I try to do my best at eating meals on a schedule, watching what I eat, checking my glucose levels regularly and taking multiple injections a day (around 1,460 a year). But there are times when this disease is very unpredictable. Stress, illness or sometimes for what seems like no reason at all, my sugar will either be sky high or so low that I don’t know who my husband is when he is trying to help me. (True Story!)
I have seen this disease destroy many of my family member’s ability to live a normal life. When not properly controlled you could lose function of your kidneys and have to have dialysis treatments, lose your eyesight, lose a limb from infection or even death can occur. All of these scenarios I have seen within my very own family.
However, there is good news! Scientists are predicting that we can expect to see a cure within our lifetime. On October 19, 2013, I will be taking part in this year’s Walk for the Cure in Atlanta for the millions of people living with and affected by type 1 diabetes. The money I 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.
Won’t you please give to JDRF? Any amount, big or small, that you are willing to donate will go a long way and will be greatly appreciated. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease. Together we can make the cure a reality!
Thank you for your support!
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