This year, I'll be taking part in JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes, along with one-half million other walkers across the country, as we try to reach our goal of raising $89 million. This will be my fourth year participating in the walk and I hope to reach my personal record of raising at least $500. 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. Some of you may know that my mother, sister Ashley and myself have type 1 diabetes. I was diagnosed almost 6 years ago and it really is a life changing disease. It was terrifying when I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes because 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 most likely have it the rest of my life. I don't think I could have handled this news without my family and friends especially my sister Ashley and my mom. They were so good at helping me learn how to care for myself and helping realize that even though this disease isn't cureable 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 it's making progress along many promising paths toward better treatments and a cure.
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 the a cure for type 1 diabetes. Any size donation helps!
I hope all of you can help me to reach my fund raising goal and help in the efforts of finding a cure very soon!
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