As most of you may know I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on Halloween of 2000. That day, everything changed and my life would never be the same. I now wear an insulin pump and I have to prick my finger to check my glucose level at least 8 times per day. This adds up to almost 40,000 finger sticks since I've been diagnosed. Fortunately, with the continued support of my amazing family and friends, I have been able to live a near normal life with diabetes for the last 12 years.
Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) is a devastating disease that affects millions of people, a large and growing percentage of them children. Many people believe insulin is a cure, but it is not. I am committed to JDRF, the leading global organization focused on T1D research. The goal of JDRF is to improve the lives of every person affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating and preventing T1D.
More than 80% of what JDRF spends goes directly to research and research related education, which is among the highest percentages for charities nationwide. Since it’s founding in 1970, JDRF has awarded more than $1.7 billion to T1D research. Currently, JDRF has $530 million at work around the world advancing our research and advocacy goals. It may sound like a lot, but it is not nearly enough to realize our plan of funding the most critical research. As our largest fundraising program, the Walk to Cure Diabetes raises millions of dollars each year that are essential to advancing T1D research and creating a world without T1D.
Now, more than ever, you can make a crucial difference. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible? Together, we can make the cure a reality! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to support this cause that is near and dear to my heart.
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