Seeking donations is not something I really care to do, but this is an issue that's struck home for us. Hopefully, you'll not be put off that I've asked (it doesn't hurt to ask, right?). If you care to help, that's great. If not, that's fine too. We can each only do so much, and we all have such issues that are close to us.
I'm asking for your support in the effort to cure Type 1 Diabetes (T1D).
Many of you know that our daughter Meredith was diagnosed with this disease within weeks of her graduation from high school. It's been thirteen years, and she's doing fine ... but she still has diabetes and must deal with it (and the medical expense) on a daily basis. She has an insulin pump that attaches via tube to a subcutaneous infusion set to dispense a basal (normal) level of insulin automatically. She must manually assess whatever she is about to eat and program a bolus (boost) of insulin to accomodate that caloric intake. She also wears a Dexcom unit which records her blood sugar continously to assist her in controlling her sugar level, but she must still prick her finger several times a day to check her sugar and validate the Dexcom readings.
What you likely don't know is that this June I was diagnosed with LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults). LADA is just getting widespread acceptance as a diagnosis. Essentially it is a slow path to T1D. My pancreas is still producing insulin but has now difficulty accommodating large surges of glucose. Antibodies (that autoimmune thing) are slowly killing off the beta cells that produce my insulin. So I'm now taking a once a day injection of long acting (basal) insulin to reduce the stress on my pancreas and, hopefully, preserve its function for as long as possible. Current literature suggests I will be completely dependent on insulin injection in 3 to 12 years. It is estimated that more than 50% of persons diagnosed as having non-obesity-related type 2 diabetes may actually have LADA.
Type 1 (aka juvenile) diabetes is a serious, often deadly disease that affects millions of people - a large percentage of them children - and, for now, they have it for life. Many people think type 1 diabetes is cured with insulin. While insulin does keep people with type 1 diabetes alive, it is NOT a cure. Aside from the daily challenges of living with type 1 diabetes, there are many severe, often fatal, complications caused by the disease when not well controlled.
JDRF funding and leadership is associated with most major scientific breakthroughs in type 1 diabetes research to date. And JDRF funds a major portion of all type 1 diabetes research worldwide, more than any other charity.
Please do what you can to help in this effort. For Meredith, me, and all who have T1D, and for those who have yet to be diagnosed.
BTW - The answer to the logo question is, of course, check his blood glucose.
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Mr. and Mrs. Eric Schmall
Mr. S L Gruebbel