I am walking in the 2013 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk at the Chicago lakefront on October 6th. I will walk with my family to support my 6 year old niece Jenna.
Jenna has been living with Type I diabetes since she was 1½ years old! Basically, her pancreas does not function and therefore her body does not create insulin to balance carbohydrates/sugar she eats.
As a result, Jenna has to count every bite she eats and also every sip she drinks. With the help of her parents, Jenna puts those counts into her insulin pump attached to her body via a needle site so the pump can release the correct amount of insulin into her body.
I have seen that Jenna has grown accustom to living with and managing her disease; but of course, there are tough and even scary times. When her sugars are too high or too low, she feels very sick, shaky and fatigued. Low blood sugar is very dangerous and can lead to her falling into a diabetic coma.
While Jenna and her family have managed her disease as best as possible thru counting her food and drink intake and using the insulin pump the best answer is a CURE for the disease.
I ask you today to make a donation to JDRF on behalf of Jenna’s Dream Team to help scientist and doctors find a cure and better treatment options while searching for a cure.
Your donation will benefit Jenna and everyone living with the disease.
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