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.
Your donation will count towards the team's fundraising total. In addition, please give credit to the person that asked for your support to recognize them for their efforts in creating a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D).