Our son Charlie was diagnosed with type 1 (juvenile) diabetes in 2006 when he was seven years old. He will be insulin-dependent for the rest of his life. He has already endured over 19,000 finger pricks and 5,000 insulin injections. In addition to his rigorous blood testing and insulin shots, everything he consumes must be weighed and measured, and his blood levels even need to be checked while he sleeps and plays. Charlie is always a trooper and rarely complains. As you have seen, he is full of smiles, laughs, and twelve-year-old mischief, amidst his daily diabetes routine. Charlie continually amazes us and is a blessing to have in our lives as a daily reminder of spirit, humility, and a positive attitude.
There are many devastating diseases in our world right now, and that saddens us. The difference with juvenile diabetes is that wiping it out of existence is extremely attainable and within reach. Charlie often asks us, "When is my diabetes going to go away?" It is a painful question to answer looking at his beaming and hopeful eyes. We feel confident a positive answer will be available in his lifetime.
Please understand we are not trying to have a pity session. We truly believe that out of every difficulty comes something good. As parents, it is our instinct from the moment our kids are born to protect them from any harm. We must do everything in our power to help find a cure for him. It's our mission to avoid the heart and kidney disease, blindness, amputation, and early death that is a reality for many people with juvenile diabetes.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is the #1 non-profit funder of diabetes research worldwide. One of JDRF's largest fundraising events is the "Walk to Cure Diabetes." Each year since Charlie was diagnosed, we have helped raised money towards this cause. This year's walk will be held on Sunday, September 29th at the GM Tech Center!
If you are interested, there are two ways you can help us make a difference for Charlie:
Thank you for helping our team meet our goal of raising $5,000 this year. Thank you for your support and we would be honored to see you at the Walk on September 29th!
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