Welcome to our JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes Jennifer’s Dream team page!
As many of you know, I have had Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) since the day before my second birthday (13 years ago). I wish I could tell you living with Diabetes is easy, but I would be lying. It has been a daily struggle trying to keep it under control. Trying to be a normal teenager in high school is hard enough, but when you add dealing with diabetes at the same time… it can get pretty rough.
I remember when I was little saying, “I HATE DIABETES, WHY CAN’T THE DOCTORS JUST MAKE IT GO AWAY!” “IT’S NOT FAIR. I HATE IT!” “I NEVER WANT TO GET ANOTHER SHOT AGAIN!” To this day, I still find myself saying those exact words.
Being diagnosed with T1D changed my life forever. It is a disease that children and adults never outgrow and can never forget about. I have to check my blood sugar 6 to 8 times a day by poking my fingers. I also have to wear an insulin pump which serves as my life support. Before I even think about eating, I have to check my blood sugar. It’s a constant balancing act. Sometimes you win and your vigilance has paid off, other times you don’t… despite all that hard work. There are no guarantees and no two days are the same. Type 1 Diabetes never sleeps and it never takes a vacation. Every day is a battle with a disease you can treat, but never completely control. The road ahead for people living with T1D is long and uncertain… but you can help! JDRF is the leading global organization focused on T1D research in search for a cure. Once again, I am walking in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes to support the mission to improve the lives of every person living with the disease. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. Please join me in the global movement to cure, better treat, and prevent T1D. I encourage every person that walks to raise at least $100. Every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward research comes from donors like you.
We're taking steps to help JDRF progressively remove the impact of type 1 diabetes (T1D) from people's lives until no one has to fear developing this disease. By joining our Walk to Cure Diabetes team and making a donation to JDRF, you'll raise money to help fund critical T1D research and create a world without T1D. Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. It cannot be prevented and there is no cure.
The challenge we've set ourselves - to raise money for JDRF and to walk - is modest compared to the daily challenges of life with T1D, which involves a 24/7, unrelenting cycle of blood sugar testing and insulin injections to manage the disease. Will you accept the challenge to make a difference by walking with us? Just click on the "Join this Team" button, make a donation, and start fundraising.
Thank you for your support, and we'll see you on Walk day!
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Aztec Audio Video Communications
Barry and Sharon Cooper
Company Kirkland & Ellis Foundation
Miss Carly Vandenberg
Miss Marykate Zoetvelt
Mrs. Kathy Folgers
The Kowalkowski Family