Most allergies are obnoxious but can be dealt with using antihistamines. Our niece Alexis is allergic to her own pancreas and cannot produce insulin -- that is, Alexis has Type 1 Diabetes. Alexis deals with her allergy by constantly pricking her finger, testing her blood, and adjusting her insulin. This is a lot of work for an 8 year old and her parents.
We are participating in the Walk to Cure Diabetes to fund research to help find a cure and make Alexis' and many other kids' lives easier. We would welcome any donation you want to make.
Have you ever stuck yourself with a pin? I sew and I'm clumsy, so I do it all the time. It hurts! Now imagine you have to do that eight to ten times a day, just to stay alive! Add in needing to count carbs all the time (no cheating!), and have a special device attached to you. Also, you're eight years old.
This is life for Alexis, who's been living with T1D since she was four. New research is opening up all kinds of possibilities for people with T1D, everything from specialized mobile apps, to test kits that communicate wirelessly with the insulin pump, and even an artificial pancreas! But this all depends on funding from groups like JDRF. Your donation to the Walk for Diabetes supports this research that will benefit Alexis and millions of others. Thank you so much for anything you can give!
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