Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page! I participated in my first walk 4 years ago when my son, at the time age 2 1/2, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (T1D). It was too difficult emotionally to return for a few years. I couldn't believe all the people whose lives had been affected by this dreadful disease. But I'm back and hope you'll agree that JDRF is doing amazing work towards a cure.
We're inviting you to:
AMBULATE (walk!): Rather than donate - why not create a donation page and do some fundraising, too? This means you are a "virtual" walker - you don't even have to get off the couch! We'd love to have you join our team!
CELEBRATE!: All of you who have supported us through the last 4 years, whether with donations or emotional support, are invited to a post-walk celebration at the event on Sunday, Oct. 6th at noon. We are renting a tent at the event site for coffee, bagels, fruit and other food and beverage. Please let us know if you'll join the post walk celebration.
DONATE: If you have the means and the desire. Our humble thanks in advance.
If you ask people with T1D, they will tell you it is difficult and life threatening. And no, you don't grow out of it. It's an autoimmune disease that kills off insulin producing cells. Right now, the rate of T1D is rising about 3%-5% a year. It is highest in the US and in the demographic of boys under 4, but can strike at any age for no reason. Insulin is what converts carbohydrates of any kind into energy. Too much or too little insulin can both be fatal. Managing it is an art more than a science. Many things can have an impact on blood glucose - the weather, stress, illness, growing, lack of sleep, and so on.
For a parent of a child with T1D, I live in fear and anxiety 24/7. When he is at school, I don't know if they'll notice a slight behavior change that could indicate low blood sugar. When he's sleeping, I always have one ear open. He can't just go on a play date - a sitter or myself has to accompany him. He can't be thirsty, tired or in a bad mood without me checking his glucose, wondering if a too high/low reading is the cause.
We check his glucose about 10 times a day, and yes, that means we get up in the night at LEAST once. This means sticking a tiny needle into his fingers, yes, while he is sleeping at times. Some fingers are so calloused now that he has large bumps. He is on an insulin pump. This make life easier - we have less "lows", and since he needs insulin any time he eats, he can now snack without having an injection. However, you should see his poor little rearend. It is pock-marked with 100s of scars from each pump infusion site. Yes, diabetes hurts.
Wyatt has been in the hospital 3 times this year due to illness and low blood sugar. We've had to administer the emergency "glucagon" shot this year - a horror that I'm not quite prepared to write about.
I'm walking for Wyatt's twin sister, Sasha. From the perspective of a 2 1/2 year old (at time of diagnosis), more attention meant more love, so in her eyes we have "loved" Wyatt more than her. She is just starting to understand, and this year even said "I didn't know diabetes was real." Diabetes affects everyone in the family.
I'm awalking for my uncle Bob who has lived with Type 1 for over 50 years! I'm just starting to get an idea what that was like for him and his family.
So, 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.
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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