It's that time of year again, and I am getting ready for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Walk to Cure Diabetes! With your support, we will continue to help people with type 1 diabetes to live healthier lives while we work toward a cure.
I was diagoned with Type 1 Diabetes on May 12, 2008 - when I was 11.
Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes often strikes children or young adults, but lasts a lifetime. Children with type 1 diabetes will not outgrow it. People with type 1 diabetes and their families are in a constant struggle to manage blood sugar levels, with multiple insulin injections a day that must be balanced with eating and daily activities, day and night. Insulin is not a cure?it only allows me to stay alive.
There are nearly 300,000 people in Minnesota who have Type 1 diabetes. There are 25 million Americans and 285 million people around the world who have Type 1! Along with JDRF, Mayo Clinic and the U of MN work together (in their Decade of Discovery) to optimally treat and ultimately cure Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes! They are working on developing a specialized electronic chip that would improve glucose monitoring and help make an artificial pancreas possible, and targeting insulin-specific T cells as a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. Within the next 2 years, researchers hope to test an artificial pancreas on humans! While that's not a cure YET - it could be life-changing!
More than 80 percent of JDRF's expenditures support research and research-related education.
Thank you so much, in advance, for your generosity.
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Matt & Julie Johnson