Dear Family, Friends and Colleagues,
I am excited to announce that I registered for the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes and have accepted the challenge to form a team and raise money for JDRF, the largest non-governmental supporter of type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Type I diabetes is an autoimmune disease that causes lifelong dependence on injected insulin and carries the constant threat of complications. The Walk raises funds for research and awareness, and, in turn, serves as a source of hope for the millions of individuals living with and affected by T1D—that they may see a cure in their lifetime.
As some of you may know, my boyfriend, Jake, has been battling T1D since he was twelve years old. Though his diagnosis requires him to manage his blood sugars through constant monitoring and insulin injections, he bears the burden without gripe or grievance. Nevertheless, I feel compelled to do my part in trying to make a difference in the fight against this difficult disease. Jake recently informed me that for years following his diagnosis, his family and friends assembled as 'Jake's Crew' and participated in the Ron Santo Walk to Cure Diabetes. Sixteen years later, I thought it would be a great idea to re-invent “Jake's Crew” and create a new team: “Toohey Trot.”
Whether a baseball fan or not, I think the following story will warm your heart, as it did mine. Upon returning from the hospital, twelve-year-old Jake received a phone call from Ron Santo, who also suffered from T1D since being diagnosed at the age of 18. A simple phone call left an incredible impression on Jake. Santo reassured him that he could lead a normal life, and encouraged Jake to continue playing baseball. Those who know Jake recognize that he never complains about the hand he has been dealt. And he certainly did not let the disease sideline him—going on to play Division I baseball at the University of Illinois. Unfortunately, due to complications of the disease, Santo was forced to have both of his legs amputated below the knee, and in 2010, the former slugger and lovable Cubs’ broadcaster died due to complications from bladder cancer and diabetes. When Santo was diagnosed, the methods of regulating and treating diabetes were not as advanced as they are today. Funding from organizations such as JDRF have driven the substantial gains researchers have made in developing new treatments and making strides in finding the elusive cure. These advancements are the reason why Jake has been able to lead a relatively normal life, and they are also the reason why it is crucial that we continue devoting attention to the ongoing fight against T1D.
This year's Walk takes place on October 6, 2013, and I'm writing to ask for your support. By raising money for critically needed research, EACH of us can make a real difference in the lives of people with T1D. Please join my team, make a donation and begin fundraising.
Visit my team page to register and join my team! If you are unable to join my team, please consider making an online donation. In team 'Toohey Trot's' inaugural year, our team fundraising goal is $5,000.00. With your support, I know we can exceed this!
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