Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
Hello family and friends,
It's that time of year again. The 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes is less than a month away now. This will be my 9th year participating in the Walk. We will be helping to raise funds to improve the lives of all people affected by Type 1 Diabetes and hope to one day find a cure. The Walk takes place Sunday, October 20th, 2013. As always, it's hosted at Six Flags New England.
I was diagnosed with Diabetes when I was 7 years old. I spent the majority of my 17.5 years as a Diabetic in poor condition. For most of my Diabetic life I have had to test my blood sugar 4-6 times a day and take anywhere from 3 to 6 insulin injections every day. Nearly two years ago I began using an Insulin Pump which helped improve my life. I went from many injections a day to one injection every 3 days! Two years ago I began really focusing on bettering my Diabetic health and was beyond relieved, and proud, to hear from my doctor that I am now the healthiest Diabetic that I've ever been. I still have my ups and downs (literally when it comes to my blood sugar levels), but I can't be more proud of my own efforts to get healthier.
However, this isn't enough. That is why I am taking part in the Walk to Cure Diabetes. For, as hard as I've worked at my Diabetes, I still dream of a day when a cure is available. For people that don't experience what Diabetics do, (either through being one themselves or having close family members/friends who have been diagnosed), they can't understand the daily struggle it is.
Please consider making a donation to find a cure. The proceeds from this Walk go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). JDRF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to find a cure for Diabetes and its complications through the support of research. JDRF gives MORE MONEY directly to research than ANY OTHER private agency in the world.
I'll be taking part in this year's Walk to raise funds for the millions of people living with and affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). The money I raise will help JDRF fund critical research to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people's lives until no one has to fear developing the disease.
Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin - a hormone essential to the ability to get energy from food. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. It cannot be prevented and there is no cure.
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