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. Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, is a devastating disease that affects millions of people, a large and growing percentage of them children.
As you may know I was diagnosed at the age of 9 and Katelynn was diagnosed at the age of 4. With diabetes you check your sugars and take insulin so you can think and act like normal. Without blood sugars under control kids will not do well on tests and could affect their grades and their ability to get into college or participate in a basketball game or wrestling meet.
Diabetes is not just checking blood sugars and taking insulin. If you do not control your blood sugars there may be permanent damage to your heart, eyes, kidneys and feet with the possibility of amputation. It is a disease that can never be ignored for one minute or second throughout the day because the effects could last your whole life.
When I was diagnosed with diabetes my parent compared it to taking home a newborn baby again. They did not have any experience with checking blood sugars, counting carbs and taking insulin. The JDRF was not around to help them. The JDRF now provides families with support and tools to help them live with diabetes. They connect families together so we can learn from each other and help each other and work to find a cure for all people with Type 1 Diabetes.
The JDRF is very passionate about finding a cure because they are directly affect by diabetes also. The director is a mother of a diabetic, one other member has T1D and another has T1D and is a father of a diabetic. This gives them wonderful insight and compassion to help people live life and fight for a cure.
There is some good news, though. JDRF is our best hope for finding a cure. It funds more type 1 diabetes research than any other charity worldwide and it's making progress along many promising paths toward better treatments and a cure.
I don't walk just for Katelynn and I but for all children diagnosed with diabetes. We need to find a cure before people have permanent damage from diabetes or more people are diagnosed. I walk so hopefully you will never have to know what it is like to live with diabetes or have a child diagnosed with diabetes.
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!
Team Katie Bug
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