Dear Family and Friends -
Each year we have the privilege of joining thousands of others for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundations Walk to Cure Diabetes at the Mall of America. We participate because our son Colton was diagnosed with this devastating disease when he was 17 months old in 2003. As we enter our 9th year of living each day with diabetes we look at how far we've come but yet how far we need to go. There is still no cure for this disease which is what we want more than anything for Colton.
Colton is now in 4th grade at St. Boniface School. He turned 10 in November and loves to call himself a tween which means the teenage years aren't too far away. He continues to love reading, drawing, fishing, and science. He would love to study salamanders someday. Unlike other kids his age he is also becoming an expert on counting carbohydrates and the continuous responsibilities of being diabetic. He does a fabulous job of checking his blood sugar and remembering to take supplies with him if he is away at a friends house.
But on the days when the blood sugars and his body work against him and the daily requirements of diabetes become frustrating, we wish we could do anything to make diabetes go away. He doesn't remember his life without diabetes but that doesn't make it any easier. Wouldn't it be great if we could make diabetes a distant memory and give him the chance to be a normal kid?
It can happen but we need to support organizations like JDRF to continue to help fund research and scientists to make the cure a reality. JDRF funds more type 1 diabetes research than any other charity worldwide.
Thank you so much for your support!
Eric, Sara, Colton, and Clare
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