Hello friends & family,
I'm writing to ask for your support for a very special cause that is very close to my heart. My beautiful niece, Maddie, was diagnosed with Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes 6 years ago on this VERY DAY (Feb 6th). I can still vividly remember my sister calling me sobbing at the diagnosis as they were on their way to the diabetes center. I can remember it like it was yesterday. Feb. 6th changed our family forever.
Maddie is strong and feisty; however she still struggles "living" with diabetes - as it makes her different from all her friends. She only cracks on rare occasions, which is understandable as it is a heavy burden for such a little girl to carry. Diabetes also affects the ENTIRE family, as well. The entire family needs to know how to; give shots, prick fingers, change sites, refill pumps, count carbs, watch for highs & (especially) lows, get up in the wee hours every night to test, and to understand the full ramifications when she is in your care. This is not a part-time disease. You are "on call" every minute of every day. I don't know how my sister does it - she is truly an amazing person.
In the 6 years Maddie's changed a lot! But advancements have and will make her life more manageable. JDFR is researching: better medication, artificial pancreases, better technology, and Smart Insulin just to name a few.
This year, we will be taking part in our families 6th JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, along with a half-million others nationwide. JDRF raises vital funds that power the global movement to help cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes (T1D).
It is faster and easier than ever to donate. Simply click on the link at the bottom of this message to donate online to "Maddie's Team Penguin". If you prefer, you can mail your gift check to me at the address listed below. Please make the check out to JDRF and include my name in the "Memo" section. My address is: 13602 74th Ave N Maple Grove, MN 55311.
Any amount, great or small, helps JDRF get closer to its goal to improve the lives of every person affected by T1D. Along with your donation, anyone is welcome to join our family to walk for Maddie at the MOA on February 23rd. Afterwards, the MOA opens up the park rides early for the walkers and we make it a special day just for our Maddie.
We would love to have you walk with our family - please send me a note if you are interested.
Maddie & Auntie Lisa
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