Welcome to our JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes "Team Cozzens" Page!
On Sunday, October 14th, 2012, the Cozzens family and a number of our friends will participate in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes in Worcester.
As most of you know, Andrew, now 17, was diagnosed with diabetes when he was 12, and Rachel, age 11, was diagnosed with diabetes at age 9. Even though as a pediatrician I have had several patients with diabetes, I had no idea how difficult life with diabetes would be. All through the day Andrew and Rachel need to be working to keep their blood sugars within range, because if their blood sugars go too high or too low, it can be life-threatening.
"Both children and adults like me who live with Type 1 Diabetes need to be mathematicians, physicians, personal trainers, and dieticians all rolled into one. We need to be constantly factoring and adjusting, making frequent finger sticks to check blood sugars, and giving ourselves multiple daily insulin injections just to stay alive." - JDRF International Chairman Mary Tyler Moore
It's a constant balancing act, and it goes on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
JDRF is a great organization which has funded more diabetes research than any other non-governmental agency in the world. JDRF is also focused on developing new and better treatments to improve the lives of people who have Type 1 Diabetes and keep them healthy while we advance toward a cure.
Both Andrew and Rachel have benefited from these new and better treatments that have been funded by the JDRF. They both wear an insulin pump 24 hours a day, which delivers insulin to them via a tiny needle which stays under their skin; they change this needle every 2-3 days. This year, they both got continuous glucose monitors, which help them know how their blood sugars are trending, and alarm if the blood sugars are too high or too low. Despite this, they still need to check their blood sugars 10-12 times a day, which means a needle-stick each time.
I thank God every day for the discovery of insulin, but insulin is not a cure, and it won't completely protect Andrew and Rachel, or anyone else with Type 1 Diabetes, from developing complications later in life. Our family can't wait until there's a cure for diabetes, and we plan to walk to raise funds for JDRF until there is!
Last year so many of our friends and family joined us on the Walk - it was humbling and amazing to us! On the day of the JDRF walk, Andrew and Rachel are able look around and see all the support they have from their friends, family and community. It's a wonderful day of friendship and service and taking action for something that's important to us. We'll be able to celebrate how much closer to a cure we are because of our efforts. We'd love it if you could help us.
How can you help?
Believe me, we really don't like asking you for donations. But even more than that, we don't like to sit on the sidelines while other people support research that will improve Andrew and Rachel's lives! Last year because of the generosity of our family and friends, we were able to raise $4,009 for JDRF. We were stunned by the generosity of our friends and family, and can only hope to be able to contribute a similar amount this year. Please consider what you can do to help. You'll be helping us come closer to the day they say, "We've found a cure for diabetes!"
Thanks so much!
Linda, Jim, Andrew, Julia and Rachel for Team Cozzens
|Denotes a Team Captain|
Kim & Mark
Lorraine & Len Benedetto
Lorraine and Len Benedetto
Marilyn &Louis Cozzens
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mihalov
The Haire Family
The Mihalov Family
The Visgatis Family