Welcome to my JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes personal fundraising page!
We are joining this years walk for JDRF to help to improve the life of people with type 1 diabetes. Makenzie was diagnosed in October 12, 2012. Her kindergarten teacher asked us if she had a bladder infection, because of how often Makenzie was using the bathroom. We made an appointment with her pedatrician and had some testing done, and her doctor called us back within hours to have Makenzie come back in to have the same testing done and her glucose levels were High. We went back in and her gluclose levels were still high, so they sent us down to Children's hospitals in St. Paul. I was so scared, I didn't really know what was going on with her at that time. I called my dad, and he assured me that things would be o.k. When we got to Childrens Hospital they took a lot of blood work, then told us we would be staying. When we got upstairs the nurse said has anyone used the word Diabetes with you yet, and We said no, is this whats going on? He said as soon as we get Makenzie's insulin she can have her dinner, and it hit us, we still kind of thought naw, maybe this isn't it, but that's what they were treating her for. So we stayed in the hospital from Friday till Sunday learning all about diabetes and how to care for our now Type 1 Diabetic Daughter. Makenzie didn't like her first shot, but after that she became a trooper and does her shots very well and will test her blood sugars all on her own, (when she feels like it.) It's been almost a year and we believe we should do this walk to show Makenzie all the people that are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.
I'm joining this year's Walk to raise funds to improve the lives of millions of people with type 1 diabetes (T1D). The money I raise will help JDRF advance its strategic research plan to end T1D.
T1D is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, which the body needs to get energy from food. Managing the disease requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on insulin. With T1D there are no days off, and there is no cure.
Thank you Everyone!!!
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Julia and Dan Knapp
Ms. Jackie DeMars
Ms. Shannan Nicole Knapp