Welcome to our personal Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
We will 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 we 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 completely 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.
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.
Alexandra was diagnosed on March 18, 2013 at the age of 3-1/2. It is by far the hardest day Jesse and I have ever experienced. It is still difficult for all of us to accept her diagnosis. Like most people we knew little of the disease and the constant monitoring it entails. Jesse and I had to learn everything we needed to keep Alexandra alive in less than 3 days time.
I sometimes cry when I think of Alexandra's future with Type 1 Diabetes. It tears our hearts out to think of Alexandra not being able to have a sweet treat or anything with carbohydrates anytime she wants, especially at the age of 3.
It is difficult to go places, including work, without Alexandra because the person we leave her with must be educated on how to take her blood sugar volume and they must give her the correct amount of insulin. There aren't many people that volunteer to give a 3 year old shots and prick their fingers. We also worry about sending her to school or daycare.
Every once in awhile Alexandra will tell us what she wants to do and what she will eat when she doesn't have to take her shots anymore. She came up with her team name all on her own "Alexandra's Dream Come True." That being said, we are thankful to JDRF for the advancements they have made with their research. Just like every parent we need hope for Alexandra's future which is why we have decided to raise money for research and commit to walking on September 7th. Won't you please join us?
Thank you for your support!
Brooke, Jesse and Alexandra Beardslee
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Jerry & Patti DeRouin
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