Dear Family and Friends,
It has been an exciting year in T1D research! The artificial pancreas project is very close to being a reality needing only to pass another clinical trial to earn FDA approval. This device links a continuous glucose monitor with an insulin pump and a powerful algorithm to automatically adjust a persons blood sugar. This is a huge step in helping to keep T1D patients healthy and complication free and to allow these people to live a nearly normal life. The person will still need to test blood sugar levels to calibrate the system but it will give the patient a break from have to think about diabetes every minute of every day. Check out this short video to get a sense of how revolutionary and life changing the artificial pancreas is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNYI3ofxbJ8
This year the Klingbiel family, as Steven't JDRF Jedi, will walk in the East Lansing Walk to Cure Diabetes. This year's walk is Saturday, August 3 on the MSU campus near the MSU Auditorium. I am asking you to help me raise the money needed to find a cure for Type-1 diabetes (T1D) and complete the artificial pancreas clinical trial. I have been told the clinical trial will cost about $10 million.
Both my wife Lisa and son Steven have this disease. Lisa and Steven need to prick their fingers between 4 and 10 times a day to test their blood sugars and then take insulin based on the blood sugars to help keep them alive. Steven and Lisa have insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors that help in regulating blood sugar and insulin levels. If Lisa and Steven can keep their blood sugar levels nearer to those of a normal persons then they may avoid the complications of diabetes like blindness, amputations, nerve damage, and organ failure.
If you attend the walk or not, please consider giving a generous donation to our walk team and JDRF. Over 80% of all money raised goes to research. Your donation is very appreciated by our family and all people suffering from T1D.
I hope to see you at the walk.
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Al and Kathy Olson
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