This year I will be taking part in the JDRF walk to cure diabetes along with one- half million other walkers across the country as we try to reach a goal raising $1,719,612. This will be my sixth year participating in the walk and I hope to reach my personal goal of raising at least $700. This walk is extremely important to me and I really enjoy participating each year.
Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, is a devastating disease that affects millions of people, a large and growing percentage of them children. About 15,000 adults and 15,000 children are diagnosed with this each year and this number will not decrease without your support.
Some of you may know that I myself am a Type 1 diabetic along with my mother and sister. I was diagnosed almost 8 years ago and my life has changed drastically since then. Even though I grew up with diabetes in my family and I knew a lot about the disease already, I was still terrified when diagnosed. It wasn’t like I had some sort of illness that would go away with medication and time. Diabetes is a disease with no cure yet, and I will have it the rest of my life. I don’t think I could have handled this news without the support from my family and friends, especially my mother and sister Ashley. They were so amazing at teaching me how to care for myself and helping me realize that even though this disease isn’t curable it is a disease that you can still live a normal life with.
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 its making progress along many promising paths towards better treatments and cures.
Now more than ever, you can make a crucial difference. That’s why I am asking for your help in raising money to help get one step closer to a cure for type 1 diabetes. In my lifetime we may never find a cure for this disease but if I can help change the life of someone else living with type 1 diabetes someday I will be satisfied.
Again, any amount helps and can change the lives of millions living with Type 1 diabetes. If you’re interested in being a walker our team could always use more people and we would love for you to join us.