As you know, our son Brandon was diagnosed with type 1 (juvenile) diabetes when he was 22 months old. He will be insulin-dependent for the rest of his life. In his short eight years of life he already has endured over 21,000 fingerpricks and 4,400 insulin injections. In addition to his rigorous blood testing and insulin injections, everything he consumes must be measured, and his blood levels even need to be checked while he sleeps and plays. Brandon is always a trooper and rarely complains. As you?ve seen, he is full of smiles, laughs, and eight year old mischief, amidst his daily diabetes routine. He actually began testing his blood at the prime age of four! Now he is learning to count carbs so he will be more in control of handling his own diabetes. Brandon continually amazes us and is a blessing to have in our lives as a daily reminder of spirit, humility, and a positive attitude.
There are many devastating diseases in our world right now, and that saddens us. The difference with juvenile diabetes is that wiping it out of existence is extremely attainable and within reach. Brandon sometimes says, ?I want my diabetes to go away!? and ?Why did God make me have diabetes?? It?s painful statements to hear, but we feel hopeful that a cure will be available before he goes to high school.
Please understand, we are not trying to have a pity session. We truly believe that out of every difficulty comes something good. As parents, it?s our instinct from the moment our kids are born to protect them from any harm. We must do everything in our power to help find a cure for him. It?s our mission to avoid the heart and kidney disease, blindness, amputation, and early death that is a reality for many people with juvenile diabetes.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is the #1 non-profit funder of diabetes research worldwide. One of JDRF?s largest fundraising events is the ?Walk to Cure Diabetes.? For the past four years, we have formed a team named ?Brandons Buddies? and have raised money towards this cause. This year?s walk will be held on Saturday, February 23rd at MOA!
We will also be hosting a Chili Feed and Bingo on Sunday January 27th at the Browerville Community center to raise money for our team.
Thank you for helping our family team meet our goal of raising $5,000 this year. Thank you for your support.
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