Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
I'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 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.
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.
Most of you know our family's story. Tressa was eight years old when diagnosed with Type I (now 23 years old). At the time of diagnosis I remember thinking the doctors would probably just send me home with a special diet and she would be alright. I was taken aback when they told me she would need to take shots of insulin several times a day just to stay alive. Seven years later Lucas was diagnosed with Type I as well (now 20 years old). Diabetes has been something our family has had to deal with for several years. It has caused me anguish and frustration as I watched my children struggle through the teen years when their rebellion seemed to win over the regimented routine of daily insulin injections. Diabetic ketoacidosis nearly took both of their lives at different stages. I dealt with well-meaning folks who told me they would "grow out of it" or if I made better food choices for them, they wouldn't need their insulin. By the way, this is simply not true; my children and millions of other children and adults will live with this disease for the rest of their lives until there is a cure.
Lucas and Tressa are doing OK right now, but anytime they get a cold or minor illness, their blood sugar fluctuates and throws them off their routine.
I am walking with the cast and crew of Central Theatre Arts Academy's production of Steel Magnolias. Not only are we raising money for dabetes research through our team, but we will donate 50% of all our ticket sales to JDRF. If you cannot make it to your show, please consider donating to find a cure and put an end to this disease which slowly attacks the bodies of millions of children and adults.
Thank you for your support!
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