My name is Parker and I am 5 years old. I have lived with Type 1 Diabetes since April 2011. Even though I am only 5, I know more about T1D than many adults. I know that my pancreas does not produce insulin so I need to get it another way so I can have the relentless energy of any other kindergartener! I use an insulin pump and a continuous glucose monitor to keep my blood sugar in check. Don't let that fool you, diabetes still sucks and I wish it hadn't had picked me.
Having T1D means that I have to carry around my blood glucose meter and a juice box and other emergency items all the time. Even when I go for a walk around the block. When my blood sugar gets too low I get shaky and dizzy and very moody. My mom and dad can usually tell right away, even when I can't. It is scary for them and they worry about me all day, and all night. My dad even wakes up at least once each night to check my blood sugar level.
We have had some big changes in our house this year. In April we welcomed a little boy named Ja'Kihh into our family. Ja'Kihh also has T1D. Ja'Kihh is younger than me, he just turned 3, which means that I am the big brother and role model for him and taking care of his diabetes. Even our sister Mallory pretends to have diabetes some days.
I often ask when my diabetes will go away. I am learning that it will never go away, unless the JDRF continues to make strides to find a cure for this disease. 80% of your donation will go directly to funding research for a cure for T1D. Insulin is not the cure. Its the only way to treat my condition right now, but I want a cure!! Would you please consider donating as generously as possible? I appreciate every single penny, as do so many of my T1D friends around the world!
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