Dear Family and Friends,
It's that time of year again...time for JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes. Team Robert's Crew is off to a very late start...the Walk is Sunday, October 20... but our commitment and enthusiasm as strong as than ever. This will be our 7th year participating in the Walk. It also marks nearly 7 years since Rob's diagnosis with type 1 diabetes.
Most of you know Rob's story and have been supporting us from the beginning. For those of you who don't, here's a bit of background. Rob was diagnosed with T1D in March 2007. He was 16 and on vacation in Florida. Although we knew that something was wrong, the diagnosis was a complete shock. Rob was taken by ambulance from the ER of the local hospital to another hospital where he spent the next 4 days. We have no diabetes in our family and we knew very little about it. All we knew was that diabetics had to give themselves injections. The prospect of our precious son (he's the youngest of 3) having to do that was heart-breaking and frightening.
Diabetes is much more complicated than we ever imagined. People with T1D cannot survive without insulin which is delivered either through injections or through an insulin pump which is worn 24 hours a day. They must also prick their fingers several times each day to test their blood sugar levels and they must monitor their carbohydrate intake every time they eat.
We felt fortunate that Rob was old enough to understand his disease; he has managed it well. You can imagine how difficult life is for a diabetic baby or young child and his or her family.
There is no cure for type 1 diabetes and it is never outgrown. People living with T1D are insulin dependent for life and face risks such as blindness, nerve damage, kidney failure and heart disease.
Rob will be 23 in December. He remembers life before diabetes, before he had to count carbs, before he had to test his blood, before he wore an insulin pump. As our team title suggests, he found rowing to be an excellent way to manage his health and his disease.
We believe that JDRF is our best hope for finding a cure. It is the number 1 charitable funder of type 1 diabetes research worldwide. We support JDRF because it is an excellent, top-rated organization which we feel can and will find a cure, not only for our son but also for everyone living with T1D.
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