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.
My daughter, Paige, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, when she was 8 years old. She is now 17 years of age.
We have had our ups and downs with this disease. We have been on shots, the pump, shots again, and back to the pump. I'm hoping some day she will not have to deal with any of this.
Many days she will have to prick her finger 5-7 times a day. Just poking my finger once in a day can make it very sore.
Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, is a devastating disease that affects millions of people, a large and growing percentage of them children. You can still become diagnosed with this up until your 30's.
Make sure you know the signs of frequent urination, being very thirsty, and weight loss.
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.
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!
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