Dear friends and family,
I have been living with type 1 diabetes since August 22nd, 2007. It’s not always easy but it is manageable thanks to research and education funded by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
JDRF is hosting a Walk for the Cure at Michigan State University on August 3, 2013 and again I am walking to raise money. JDRF uses over 85% of the donations they receive for research and education.
The latest and most promising research is the artificial pancreas project which JDRF is funding. Within three months, we hope to have FDA approval and the artificial pancreas will be sent home with users for the last phase of the trial. Within a year, we hope to be able to purchase one. It will make life simpler because it will sense when blood sugar is going low and shut off insulin. It will also sense when it is trending high and administer more insulin—much like a regular pancreas.
This is my last year to walk as a “juvenile” diabetic. Next year I will be an adult living with diabetes and volunteering to help with the Walk at MSU. I won’t bother you for donations again, but I’d like to finish this year strong. If you can make a donation, please send a check payable to “JDRF” to my house. Or you can log onto www.jdrf.org – under the green sneaker, click on “Donate” and then “Support a Walker” put in our last name and select “Michigan”. You can then pick me. Thank you for all your donations, love, and support through these years! Megan Lippert
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