Dear Friends and Family
We are gearing up for our third Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's (JDRF) Walk to Cure Diabetes. With your support, we hope to put an end to Type 1 Diabetes and find the cure.
As many of you know, our 10 year old daughter Hannah was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes 5 years ago and Evelyn was diagnosed with Type 1 almost 4 years ago. She was just 15 months old. These two girls are truly an inspiration. They handle this disease with amazing courage.
The daily life of a diabetic is not an easy one. Every day they stop to test their blood up to 10 times. They count each and every carbohydrate they eat, and must take life saving insulin. Some kids receive insulin injections, while other kids, like Hannah and Evelyn, are on an Insulin Pump. It makes life a little bit less painful (no daily injections) but they are connected to it 24/7. Insulin is not a cure, but it is what keeps them alive.
Hannah enjoys art, singing in the church and school choirs, girl scouts, track, volleyball and is most recently excited with swimming. She is very knowledgable and articulate when talking with others about Type 1 diabetes. Over the last year, Hannah has exhibited outstanding responsibilities in the care of her diabetes. She manages her own inset changes, prepares some breakfasts and most of her school lunches, as well as the carbohydrate counting for them. (Mom has a hard time giving up control of these things, so she's still double checking).
Evelyn enjoys preschool and is wanting kindergarten to start. She loves being a big sister to Eli and Alia and is extremely helpful each day. We have been very blessed and have not had too many health complications due to diabetes, however, she was diagnosed with influenza a few weeks ago. The influenza itself can be tough to deal with, but add on the complications of type 1 diabetes and influenza becomes much more complicated. Evelyn gave us quite a scare this year, but she has since rallied and is ready to conquer each and every day with a smile on her face.
One of the most heart wrenching thing to realize is, even with all of our diligence with diet, exercise and tight blood sugar control, they are still, over time, more likely than you and I to develop heart disease, kidney disease, blindness and a host of other issues later in life.
We, as a family, have decided to participate with JDRF in the AMAZING Walk to Cure Diabetes. This year we will be walking (with hundreds of other participants) at the Mall of America on February 23rd, and we ask for your help.
There are three ways you can help Hannah and Evelyn:
1. Join our team, MOMS Savage Avengers, which consists of family and friends who collect donations and walk with us. To join our team, please visit www.walk.jdrf.org and enter in our team info to find us. Then join in! It's fun!
2. Send a tax-deductable donation to 7216 149th St W, Savage, MN 55378. Please make checks payable to JDRF and add our team name to the memo line. Credit card donations can be made online by clicking on the Donate to Jason and Shannon button on this page.
3. Keep our girls, and everyone else, who deal with diabetes on a daily basis in your thoughts and prayers.
Thank you so very much for your support and we hope to see you walking with us. Let's work together to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes so our girls can live an insulin pump free life some day.
Jason, Shannon, Westley, Hannah, Evelyn, Elijah and Alia Timmerman
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