Mark Smith





  • Participants at a JDRF One Walk

I'm participating in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes!

Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page! My Diabadass daughter, Amy, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (TID) on Mother's Day weekend, 2000, when she was not yet 15. From the very beginning she took charge of her own treatment, counting carbs, testing her own blood, giving herself shots. I've always been immensely proud of her for that. We've been, as a family, fighting this scourge ever since by contributing to JDRF, supporting research aimed at finding a cure.

Those with TID will tell you their frustration when people confuse type 1 and type 2 diabetes. They are separate diseases, both involving glucose metabolism, and each with their own dire consequences. TID is an autoimmune disease whereby the body destroys the pancreas cells that sense blood glucose levels and create just the right amount of insulin. Although it can be treated with artificial insulin, there is as yet no cure. TID sufferers must continuously test their blood glucose levels, estimate their carbohydrate consumption, and calculate their insulin dose. Telling them that your grandma controlled her diabetes by going on a diet can make them, well, just at tad mad.

Amy has created her own organization, currently just in its infancy, called "TAD/MAD," which stands for "There's A Difference/Make A Difference." The first activity of this organization is to participate as a team in the annual JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes. I have joined this team as a walker.

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 living with type 1 diabetes.

Did you know that:

  • T1D is an autoimmune disease that comes on suddenly and strikes both children and adults at any age?
  • T1D has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle?
  • Those living with T1D must carefully balance insulin doses with eating and daily activities throughout the day and night?
  • Those living with T1D must test their blood sugar by pricking their fingers for blood 6 or more times a day?

As the leader of the type 1 diabetes community, JDRF unifies global efforts to cure, treat and prevent T1D.  JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered.  Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible?

Thank you for your support!

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Date and time

May 3, 2014
Registration: 9:00 AM
Starts: 10:00AM
Length of walk: 5K


Ann Morrison Park
1000 Americana Blvd.
Boise, ID 83706



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