Welcome to our JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes Team Page! For our THIRD year, our family will be taking part in JDRF's Walk to Cure along with one-half million other walkers across the country, as we try to reach our goal raising money to help find a cure for this disease.
Diabetes,Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, is a devastating disease that affects millions of people, a large and growing percentage of them children. Our family was affected by this in December 2008 when our youngest, Sarah, was diagnosed at 4 years old. Again this year, we are taking the steps to help achieve JDRF's mission: to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.
What we thought was going to end up being a routine ear infection turned into a day that flipped our lives over. One of the tests showed that Sarah had diabetes. It was caught so early that she didn't have any symptoms. However, she was immediately hospitalized and our family was inundated with information on how to manage this disease and care for Sarah.
Sarah will be insulin dependent for the rest of her life. She has endure 6-8 fingerpricks daily to check her blood sugar. She is not ready for the pump yet, it "freaks me out." So, she has to get a minimum of 6-8 shots per day of insulin. We constantly have to monitor what she eats, count carbohydrates to figure insulin doses, watch for low blood sugars--the list goes on. She is learning to do some of the basic tasks: she checks her own blood sugar, she is learning to count her carbs to help figure her insulin dose and she can "dial up" her insulin with her pen and get the needles on for the injection. She did have to go into the hospital once last year for complications from her disease. But, through all of this, Sarah has been amazing. She is your typical 8 year old little girl. She is smart, feisty, funny, silly and full of energy. She enjoys school, loves to sing, do gymnastics and swimming. She enjoys playing with siblings and friends and is always willing to do whatever her older brother and sister do. Even with the brave way she deals with her disease and the management of it, Sarah has stated in the past, "diabetes sucks."
There is some good news, though. JDRF is our best hope for finding a cure. It funds more type 1 diabetes research than any other charity worldwide and it's making progress along many promising paths toward better treatments and a cure.The money our JDRF Walk Team raises will go directly to support life-changing research. We are hoping that there will be a cure for this disease--hopefully, in Sarah's lifetime. Because--diabetes sucks.
The JDRF Walk is a fantastic way to make a difference in the millions of lives of people affected by type 1 diabetes. For at least that one day, they will look around and see all the support they have from their friends, family and community. On Walk Day, everyone can have fun and celebrate how much closer to a cure we are because of their efforts. Sarah is in awe of the turnout each year and wants to continue to walk every year--it has become one of her favorite days of the year. She is always so proud to turn in her total donation envelope.
Each member of our team is already hard at work in their fundraising. If you have taken time to visit our team page today, we ask that you consider making a donation or joining our team. To make a team donation, click on the "Donate" button at the top of this page or if you would like to make your gift to one of the team members please click on their name below. To join our team, click the join team link below.
Thank you. Together, we will cure type 1 diabetes and its complications!
The Brandes Family--TEAM SARAH!!
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