Hello to my friends and family.
It’s that time of year again!! As many of you know I’ve participated in the JDRF Walk for the past 6 years or so. This terrible disease affects a very good friend of mine, Zachary Gonzalez-Murillo. On Sunday, October 6, 2013 our team Zack Attacks will be walking in hopes to raise more funds to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. I'm asking you to help support my fundraising efforts with a tax-deductible gift that will help make a difference in the lives of the millions of people with T1D.
It is such a great experience each and every year and it inspires me to keep going. Since last year at this time, Zachary no longer receives shots and is now on the insulin pump. This too is a struggle, but we are confident that a cure will be found if not in the near future, but soon so all children struggling with this daily can be just be a kid again.
Children with juvenile (type 1) diabetes are insulin-dependent for life: they will NOT outgrow juvenile diabetes. Children with juvenile diabetes and their families are in a constant struggle to manage blood-sugar levels with six or more daily finger pricks to test blood, at least two shots of insulin a day, and careful monitoring of exercise and food intake. This is not a cure; it only allows a child to stay alive.
T1D's onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle, and there is nothing you can do to prevent it. At present, there is also nothing you can do to get rid of it. People with T1D must manage the disease by injecting or pumping insulin several times a day, every day. Insulin is not a cure, and it does not prevent the possibility of serious complications like kidney failure, blindness, and stroke.
That's why I walk with JDRF - to help them fund research to discover, develop, and deliver new drugs and devices that cure, better treat, and prevent T1D. You can help, too!
This disease has impacted their lives forever. If you can, take a moment and view the video on my page of their journey fighting this terrible disease.
#1. Feel free to click on the link below on the story on how it was all started that was produced by big sister Alexis Murillo: http://youtu.be/Ps9DaD66Vek
#2. Newest video footage of Zachary - we followed him for a weekend on what it is to be a T1D and this is what he goes through 365 days a year - so watch and spread the word - we need a CURE ! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btDykUp02nk
#3. The link to last year's walk which was a great one indeed ! Here it is: http://youtu.be/Oj4rViHIePY
#4. Zachary was featured in the local newspaper: http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/8568673-423/area-family-learns-to-live-with-diabetes-raises-funds.html
Please know that more than 80 percent of JDRFs expenditures directly support research and research related education. Past JDRF research efforts have helped to significantly improve the care of people with this disease, and have expanded the critical scientific understanding of T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered!
I sincerely hope that you will join me and help us reach our ultimate goal: a world without diabetes.
Thank you and God bless you!
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