Our family team "Nicole, Karina & Abriana Cure Busters & Co." (Formally Nicole & Karina Cure Busters & Co.) is participating in the Annual Ron Santo’s Walk to Cure Diabetes with Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) as our 11th walk on Sunday, October 6, 2013. We will be walking along Chicago’s beautiful lakefront (Montrose /Lakefront) and would appreciate your support! Our team has dedicated our efforts to raise money and .80 cents of every dollar donated is put towards research. Help us to honor Ron Santo's incredible legacy ! Each year, our team is joined by new walkers along with previous walkers and we appreciate all the support and enthusiasm. This is indeed a great cause! We strongly believe each step gets closer to the reality of a cure and provides a better quality of life in diabetes management.
In July 2003, our daughter Nicole and her friend Karina, at age 4 and 5, were diagnosed with type 1 (juvenile) diabetes (T1D), they met each other at Children's Memorial Hospital and have been friends since. To survive, people with T1D must have insulin delivered by injection for the rest of their lives. Today, at age 14 and 15, both are in high schools, they have lost count on how many thousands of times they have given their own blood tests by pricking their fingers 10 or more times per day and with 6 or more insulin shots daily. Even with our best attempts of controlling their glucose blood sugar, monitoring her meal intake, carbohydrates counting, exercise levels, and insulin injection doses, they still could not avoid some dangerously low & high glucose blood sugars. This year, Nicole has started using Continuous Glucose Monitoring System (CGM), this will help her with better control of her blood sugar as it continuously monitors her glucose and provides a trend analysis. It also provides information on how different foods and exercise are affecting her blood glucose with less finger pricking. This is a great innovation, as many times her Glucose Monitor tests a blood sugar as normal, but in short time could drop drastically. She is still getting used to using it as she begins her high school freshman year after a long summer. Nicole's first few weeks in high school is going smoothly, she has joined the volleyball team and we hope she will have good control of her diabetes independently while in high school, especially with all the sports she is doing. This summer, Nicole had a few urine testing done and had a few irregular test results on pre-proteins in her urine, her last testing showed a negative result. While it was good news, her endo doctor still wants her to make an appointment with the kidney doctor to be sure. We are only hoping it is only for a precaution purposes.
Our third girl Abriana, was diagnosed at age 8 with T1D, she is now 10 years old. We dedicate our walk to all 3 girls. We will always hope for a better tomorrow, a better quality of life for Nicole, Karina, Abriana and all the children and adults living with Type 1 diabetes today, we will continue to walk and raise money until the day a cure is found.
We would love to have many friends and family to join our team in the JDRF walk, raising money that will speed scientist towards that cure. Every walker, and every dollar, brings us that much closer. Over 40,000 people all walk for one cure. This event truly is not only fun, but extremely meaningful.
If you can’t join us for the walk, we would greatly appreciate if you consider supporting our team by donating online www.walk.jdrf.org. Select Illinois/Chicago and our Family Team Name or send a tax-deductible on-line donation or via mail made payable to JDRF/Ron Santo Walk to Cure Diabetes. Checks can be mailed to: May Meerbrey 4816 W. Balmoral Avenue , Chicago, IL. 60630 .
Please remember, no matter how big or small, $5 or $100, you are helping to make a difference and your support means so much to us.With the hope a cure for T1D is within reach and Nicole, Karina and Abriana may be able to be cured sometime in their lives. We will never give up. This is why we are walking; this is why we are reaching out for your support. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to those of you continuously reaching out to walk on this journey with us. We treasure each and every one of you.
As always, we really appreciate you for understanding our concern, sharing our hope, and providing support. Together we will cure this dreaded disease.
With sincere thanks, The Meerbrey Family –May,Ken,Simone,Nicole,Monique
Nicole ,Karina & Abriana Cure Busters & Co. (formally Nicole & Karina Cure Busters & Co.)
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