On February 23rd our famliy will be walking in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's (JDRF) annual Walk for a Cure at the Mall of America. We will be walking in support of people affected by this disease and to raise money toward very promising research to improve quality of life for diabetics and cure a disease affecting so many.
Lucas turned 3 in September and is nearing 2 years of being diabetic. He is starting to become more aware of his disease and that he is different in turn presenting new challenges. He benefits from decades of improvements in diabetic management made possible through JDRF donations and its advocacy for government funded research.
As a result, Lucas is doing great with his diabetes and is a thriving 3 year old but the management of this disease is quite a burden for him. For his family it is always a worry, diabetes never sleeps or takes a vacation. Our days involve being constantly cognizant of this disease. He wears an insulin pump to deliver his insulin through an IV like site he wears on his bottom. This has to be changed every couple of days. He has his toes and fingers poked 8-10 times a day and night to check his glucose level. His family has to be vigilant in calculating insulin doses and carbohydrate intake and always watching for symptoms of dangerous low glucose or blood sugar that can result in seizures, coma or death.
As advanced as this may sound there is still plenty of room for improvement and there is great deal of promising research toward better management. One exciting treatment currently being developed and tested is an artificial pancreas. This would be a device, similar to his pump, constantly monitoring his glucose levels and automatically making adjustments. The artificial pancreas also provides a safety net by administering glucagon when patients start to drop dangerously low. Other improvements under development is something called smart insulin as well as cures to restore the body's ability to make insulin.
JDRF provides a great deal of vital funding for advocacy and research of Type 1 diabetes which it is able to do through the generous donation of so many through events like this walk. This year JDRF was named one of the top 5 most efficient charities in the nation by Forbes magazine. This research has and continues to improve the treatment of diabetes and the quality of life for so many children like our Lucas. Please consider helping us reach our fundraising goal. Last year we were able to raise over $4000 and the walk raised over $2 million. Any donation you can make would be greatly appreciated. We would love to have you join Team Lucas and walk with us at the Mall of America on the 23rd. It is a fun event and a great excuse to get out of town for a weekend!
Thank you from Team Lucas and the Cline family.
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Brock, Stacey, Bryson, and Tyler Jarboe
Cara, Brooke , and Lance Johnston
Carrie & Charlie Taft
Dan and Rachel Vopatek
Dr. and Mrs. Peter J Henry
Gramps and Pattycake
Greg & Marsha Cook and Jacqueline
Jody, Patrick, Finn and Rhys Carey
Joe and Cindy Walz
Lucas' Great Grandma
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey and Minto Porter
Mr. Bill C Leonard
Ramsey and Mara Larson
Roxanne and Otto Peklo
Scott, Amanda and Big Brother Drew
Steve & Marilyn Leonard
Susan M Manders
The Blexrud Family
The Couture Family
The Karau Family
The Montgomery Family
The Reisdorf Family
The Silverman Family
The Wheeler Family
Wendy and Greg Skarstad