For the third year, our family will be taking part in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's (JDRF) Walk to Cure Diabetes along with a half-million other walkers across the country. Our goal: raise $6000 to help fund research for a cure for type 1 diabetes and it's complications.
Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, is a devastating, often deadly disease that affects millions of people; a large and growing percentage of them are children. In March of 2009 our daughter, Maren (now 9 yrs old), was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Maren was equipped with an insulin pump two years ago. While this will givens her freedom from injections, the monitoring and blood sugar pattern management continue to be multiple a day, complex and critical. We are so proud of how Maren's positive attitude and zest for life helps her live with this terrible disease.
Many people think Type 1 Diabetes can be controlled by insulin. While insulin does keep people with Type 1 Diabetes alive, it is NOT a cure. Aside from the daily challenges of living with Type 1 Diabetes, there are many severe, often fatal, complications caused by the disease. That's the bad news.
The good news, though, is that a cure for Type 1 Diabetes is within reach. In fact, JDRF funding and leadership is associated with most major scientific breakthroughs in Type 1 Diabetes research to date. And, JDRF funds a major portion of all Type 1 Diabetes research worldwide, more than any other charity.
On Feb. 23th with Maren leading the way, our team "Marchers for Marens's cure" will be taking part in the Minnesota chapters Walk at the Mall of America. We would appreciate any prayers and donations you are willing to give.
Together, we can make the cure a reality.
Our sincere gratitude!
Rick, Kristin, Gabriel, Maren and Luke Roepke
If you would like to donate on line please click on the donate link at the top of this page
If you would prefer to donate by check you can send a check to our home address which is:
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).