We are participating in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes!
On December 9, 2011, Kyle was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes -- an auto-immune disease that affects millions of people. Kyle's pancreas has stopped making insulin needed to break down sugar into energy necessary to live.
Over the past three years, Kyle has shown amazing responsibility and maturity dealing with his diabetes every day. In fact he handles it so well, that it is easy to forget what a burden and inconvenience this is for an 8 year old boy. Kyle has learned how to test his blood sugar with finger pricks 6-8 times a day, and we have all learned how to count carbs, give insulin injections, insert an insulin pump "set", and manage the insulin pump that keeps him alive. We have done all of this with the love and support from our family and friends!
Kyle has been an amazing inspiration to all of us! This year he has continued to excel at school and swimming. This summer he qualified and competed in the Minnesota State Swimming Championships and this fall he ran his first 5k. Diabetes will not slow this boy down!!! He definitely has more responsibility than most 3rd graders and yet he never complains. He dreams of one day owning his own Lego store, becoming and Olympic swimmer, and more than anything he dreams of a day where he can live without diabetes.
He is a courageous young man. We are so proud of his positive outlook and amazing attitude that we can't help but get onboard and help find a cure!
While insulin does keep people with type 1 diabetes alive, it is NOT a cure. Aside from the daily challenges of living with type 1 diabetes (and there are many!), there are many severe, often fatal, complications caused by the disease when not treated properly.
For the third year, we are taking part in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Walk to Cure Diabetes along with a half-million other walkers across the country. Our goal is to raise $6,000 as a family to help fund research for a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications. A cure for type 1 diabetes is within reach and it is exciting to us as parents of an 8 year old to think that it could happen within his lifetime!
Please pledge your support in whatever amount you are able.