Since kindergarten, I've had a team for the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes. First it was "Cameron's Coalition," then the "Woodland Walkers," and then the "Wildcat Walkers" since seventh grade. Now, I am in college at William Jewell in Liberty, Missouri. My team will now be Cam's Cardinals, after the mascot of my new school!
My diabetes continues to be a struggle, with the stresses and schedule of college life, but the support of my friends and family continue to motivate me to take care of myself. Unfortunately, I never have a "day off" of diabetes and the balancing act of managing my blood sugars is constant and often not successful, despite the modern technologies like the insuling pump. Better, but NOT a cure.
The Walk has always been my favorite day. I loved waking up REALLY early to help my mom set up at Mall of America. The Mall is so quiet at 5 am, but by 7 am, it is amazing to see the number of people who come to support all who have type one diabetes (T1D). It's exciting, it's fun, it's crowded and it's emotional. I certainly miss it but continue my support of that event because it gives great hope to so many people, including me. I won't stop doing what I can to make a difference in the lives of so many adults and children.
The research being done is incredible, and the cure will be found - I am sure of that. It is the passion of this incredible organization that drives that goal. So I must be patient, and take good care of myself until then. Not going to lie . . . it is hard.
Please consider supporting me in this year's JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes. The money that is raised will impact so many adults and children who struggle, like me, with this disease. Although I won't be there in person, I will be there in spirit - my parents will be volunteering and thinking of me.
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).