My Name is Karon Joseph. Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
I'll be taking part in this year's Walk to raise funds for the millions of people living with and affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). The money I raise will help JDRF fund critical research to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people's lives until no one has to fear developing the disease.
Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin - a hormone essential to the ability to get energy from food. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. It cannot be prevented and there is no cure.
I am a Nurse, a Mother of 4 and Grandmother of 9. This disease has hit our family and many other's personally. A little over a year ago my 8 year old granddaughter Kayla suddenly became ill. Due to the symptoms she was having my son used one of my glucometers and checked her blood sugar. It registered "Too high" unable to record. He called me immediately and rushed her to the emergency room. There they received the devastating, life changing news that Kayla's pancreas had suddenly stopped-without warning. Seemingly overnight she would now be required to have her blood sugar checked 4-6 times a day (painful poking of her little fingers) and require insulin shots 4-5 times a day(in the tender flesh of her stomach, back of her arms or thighs.) This is a very difficult disease for an adult to come to terms with. Imagine the many children that receive this news daily. Statistically this is happening more and more.
Thankfully with wonderful treatment and information from Caring Doctor's (Dr Chiganti, Jasper Co ER, Dr Resheidat, Lafayette, and Dr S Oats and Associates, IU Lafayette) Kayla is adjusting and doing very well. Her Parents immediately sought out information from multiple sources ie: Physicians, Dietician's, internet, books, videos and many other resources. They have become well informed experts. Kayla now has an "Insulin Pod" that attatches to her skin and time releases her insulin. Although she still has to check her blood sugar with the finger sticks 4-5 times a day, she no longer has to receive the 4-5 injections daily. She states she feels "free." These advances in technology have allowed her skin to heal from the multiple injection sites. She is free to eat a snack with the other children and not have to "recieve another shot." The carbohydrates are entered into the pod and it secrets the insulin automatically. All of this is possible because of ADVANCING RESEARCH AND EDUCATION. Because people like you care and give to futher research and technology. Who knows? Maybe one day there will be a cure. But until then- we can give what we can. We can help advance research to improve our understanding and bring about the best quality of life for a brighter tomorrow.
Please support me and donate to my Walk fundraising campaign. Your gift will make a difference for Kayla and for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible today?
Thank you for your support!
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Mr. Shadi Resheidat
Mrs. Karon Lea Joseph
Mrs. Kelly Wood
Ms. Sharon Lepkowski