My family and I are walking in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes on Saturday, May 10, 2014 outside at NewBo Village in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. As you may know, we have a personal connection with this disease that affects millions of children and adults. On February 21, 2011 my sister, Delaney, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 7 years old. Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. It can strike at any age and lasts a lifetime.
As you can imagine, this has forever changed all of our lives. Besides closely monitoring Delaney's diet, she must also test her blood sugar levels 6-10 times a day and take insulin through an insulin pump. This equates to approximately over 2,500 finger sticks and 122 site changes each year. This will continue every year for the rest of her life unless a cure is found.
In our attempt to encourage and support Delaney, while educating those we know, we have formed Team D in order to do two things:
1) raise money to support the research required to find a cure, and
2) to provide Delaney with support and let her know that she is not alone in her fight against diabetes. The walk is a place where Delaney does not feel alone with her disease. It has also taught her she can do anything she outs her mind to.
I am asking for your support. Please donate to my personal fundraising efforts. By doing so, you can help me make a difference for millions of people like Delaney living with type 1 diabetes.
Thank you for your support!
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