Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
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.
I was diagnosed with T1D when I was 11. While technology has improved in terms of quicker blood tests, and new pumps, and new insulins, new pens to deliver the insulin...the daily slog of dealing with fluctuating bloodsugars continues, and I continue to experience the routine infections and limitations imposed by this illness. I am always needing to know what my bloodsugar is, when I will test next, what Ive eaten, or whether I am exercising or under stress, and I am constantly adjusting dosages and figuring out insulin to carb ratios, and dodging low blood sugars. It's a taxing way to exist.
JDRF is the largest nongovernmental funder of T1D research and the only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight T1D. This science is complex and costly, and every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward research comes from donors like you.
Please support me and donate to my Walk fundraising campaign. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease, including me personally. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible today?
Thank you for your support!
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