Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
I'll 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 I 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 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.
As most of you know, I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes almost one year ago in September. It was a hot August so my mom and dad didn't really think much about how much water I was drinking or how tired I was each day. However, once we were in Chicago with my Grandpa Ken and Grandma Kathy for a race my mom and grandma were running - they realized something wasn't right when I could outdrink all of them and still be thirsty! It was then grandpa told my mom it sounded like diabetes! My mom looked it up and sure enough I fit all the descriptors, but still she could believe that could possibly be the case. That week she took me to the doctor to be checked. He kept talking and talking and finally told us that I did indeed have diabetes. Mom and I both just cried. We weren't sure why or what was to happen next, but we knew a big change was coming our way. We headed straight to Bronson hospital where they took excellent care of me and taught my mom and dad so much in just 3 short days! From there I was able to go back home and start my new school and my new life with diabetes.
So now each day I have my mom or dad give me up to 4-5 shots a day! They don't hurt and I'm getting used to them, but it is still tough. I never get a day off from having to get a shot AND I hate shots (at least I used to). I can usually tell when my sugar is going low and I can do my own finger pricks. My plan is to be able to give myself my own shots before I turn 10 in May and I look forward to getting a pump in the next year or so.. I've become a stronger person and a fighter. I can advocate more for myself than ever before. I keep my head up high even when I have to come home from a sleepover because my sugar is acting crazy and my mom is nervous!
Life with diabetes is tough, but I'm certainly tougher. Please help me help others with diabetes fight by donating to JDRF.
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.
Please support me and donate to my Walk fundraising campaign. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible today?
Thank you for your support!
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Ms. Maria Downey
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