Dear Friends and Family,
If you didn't know, my younger brother, Clarke, was diagnosed last year with type one diabetes (T1D). This means that his pancreas no longer produces insulin, a substance that keeps most people's blood sugar regular. Whenever he eats food, he has to tell his pump to give him insulin so his blood sugar is not too high. However, if he over corrects he can go low. This is a scary disease because there is always the possibility that he could pass out, or even go into a coma, if his numbers are too high or low.
While T1D may sound minor, it is actually a very big part of my brother's life. He has to test himself with a finger prick at least 10 times per day. If his blood sugar is low, he will have to sit out of gym or sports practice. If his blood sugar is high, he will have a very hard time concentrating. A significant amount of time each day is spent trying to get his blood sugar in a safe place. As an eighth grader with T1D, not only does he need time to do homework, go to sports practice, and hang out with friends but now he also needs time to check himself and make sure he is safe.
Many people think that insulin is a cure to T1D, but it is just a temporary solution. There is no cure yet. This disease can not be changed by a change in lifestyle, like type 2 diabetes. It is also not genetic. T1D is completely random. That's why I'm inviting you all to come walk with us at Six Flags New England on October 20. If you donate $50, you can come walk with us. This includes a ticket to the park to ride roller coasters for the rest of the day! Any donations are appreciated! You can donate through my page and please contact me if you have any questions!
Thanks so much for your time and support,
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