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Let's get rid of type 1 diabetes!

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Jesse - 3rd Grade

    Welcome to my JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes personal fundraising page!

    I'm joining this year's Walk to raise funds to improve the lives of millions of people with type 1 diabetes (T1D). The money I raise will help JDRF advance its strategic research plan to end T1D.

    T1D is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, which the body needs to get energy from food. Managing the disease requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on insulin. With T1D there are no days off, and there is no cure.

    JDRF is working every day to change that. And, as the largest nongovernmental funder of T1D research, every dollar JDRF directs toward its research plan comes from donors like you.

    Please support my commitment and donate to my Walk fundraising efforts today. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease.

    OUR PERSONAL STORY:

    On September 11, 2013, our youngest son, Jesse (8 years old), was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. He had been thirsty, using the bathroom often, and losing weight. We had a family trip to Florida coming up and thought about just waiting until we got back. It's a good thing we didn't.

    Jesse's sugar level was 653 and he had DKA (Diabetic KetoAcidosis). You'd never know it by the way he was just carrying on as normal. The ER doctor couldn't believe he was still standing and looking so “normal”. Locally there isn't a Pediatric Endocrinologist, so we headed up to Mayo Clinic right away and stayed there for three days.

    Luckily we got home just in time to re-pack and go on our trip to Florida. What a whirlwind couple of weeks, though! Having a child with diabetes is never an easy thing. We are constantly making adjustments to schedules, meals, snacks, shots, and so on. Jesse has been a trooper through the whole thing. He tests his own sugar, gives his own shots, and eats when and what we say he should – with very few issues. Our hope is that someday a cure can be found.

    Thank you for your support!

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