Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page! I'll be taking part in this year’s Walk to raise funds to improve the lives of all people affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). If you ask people with T1D, they will tell you it is difficult and life threatening. And they know it never goes away.
I am asking for your support. Please donate to my personal fundraising efforts. By doing so, you can help me make a difference for millions of people living with type 1 diabetes.
Abriana was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in August of 2011. It was a complete shock as no one in our family has it, but we do have friends we knew had to deal with it. Only we had no idea all that it affected. We know now. It has been difficult, but most of the time she doesn’t let it stop her from doing what other kids do. She does have to check her blood sugar several times a day. She also has to give herself insulin before eating almost anything. Luckily we have replaced all the injections with an insulin pump. Instead of 5-6+ shots a day she gets a new site with a cannula inserted every 3 or so days.
While we know a cure may be a ways off we are still hopeful. In the meantime each advance they make with treatments helps. The continuous glucose monitor helps us feel more at ease and we get a bit more sleep. The pump makes life easier to as she doesn’t need a shot for everything including small snacks or a bite of this or that. We are hopeful though they will have the artificial pancreas perfected and available before she goes to college. She is in 5th grade now, but we know how long these things take to get right and through FDA. JDRF contributes to so much research so we are definitely grateful for all that they do.
We walk on a team with 2 other girls who were both diagnosed with T1D in July 2003, Nicole and Karina. We have walked with them in years past before T1D touched our lives that much more closely. They are met each other in the hospital, and though they have been living with this much longer it still is very challenging. We are walking to hope for the future of these girls and all other children and adults living with this disease. We hope that one day they can eat something without having to look up the carbs, do a math equation, poke their fingers to check their blood sugar, and then inject the insulin they hope is the exact right amount with the right timing. We hope it will get easier. We hope they one day find a cure!
Did you know that:
As the leader of the type 1 diabetes community, JDRF unifies global efforts to cure, treat and prevent T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible?
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