Welcome to my JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes personal fundraising page!
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. I am personally walking this year because my daughter Claire was diagnosed in October of 2013 (age 19 months) with type 1 diabetes. Each day is a challange as Claire must have several "finger pricks" (to check her blood sugars) as well as multiple shots of insulin. We have to watch everything she eats and those of you with toddlers know how tricky this can be. Sometimes they want to eat a lot and sometimes they don't want to eat anyting. Because we have to give her insulin before each meal we have to guess as to how much she will eat and then give her insulin accordingly. Grabbing a bite to eat on the way home from a day out is no longer the "easy" option. Thought has to be put into each meal along with measuring, calculating carbohydrates, estimating how much Claire will eat, and then checking her blood glucose to be followed by a shot of insulin. It is a lot for such a small child to go through.
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.
JDRF is working every day to change that. And, as the largest nongovernmental funder of T1D research, every dollar JDRF directs toward its research plan comes from donors like you.
Please support my commitment and donate to my Walk fundraising efforts today. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease.
Thank you for your support!
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