Scott and I are writing you on behalf of Ellie.
OMG Ellie just turned 5 years old, it is so hard to believe. Ellie was diagnosed with type 1 (juvenile) diabetes, almost 4 years ago. That was the day we realized Ellie was just a little sweeter! She will be insulin-dependent for the rest of her life. She has already endured at the very least 8,800 finger pricks and 500 site changes in her short life. Now that is one tough girl!!! In addition to her rigorous blood testing and site changes, everything she consumes must be weighed and measured, and her blood levels need to be checked even while she sleeps. She has an insulin pump and we are so thankful for that. It makes our incredibly stressful job just a little bit easier. Ellie is the bravest girl I know, and rarely complains. The hard truth is that she will never grow out of diabetes, finding a cure is the only way. As you?ve seen, she is full of smiles, laughs, and sassy girl mood swings, amidst her daily diabetes routine. It is hard for a little girl to understand why she is different. So at the very least please let Ellie remain in your prayers.
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 her. 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.? This will be our fourth walk, and we hope to do this each year on Ellie?s behalf. Our walk team is called Gerler Family - Ellie?s Little Pumpers and we hope to raise as much as we can towards this cause. We understand that times are tough, but even a little bit can make a big difference. This year?s walk will be held on Sunday, October 2nd in St. Louis at Forrest Park!
Thank you for helping our family team. Thank you for your support and we would be honored to see you at the Walk on October 2nd! Contact Information: 801 Tradewinds Drive Perryville or firstname.lastname@example.org or 547-2168/768-0236 or you can get on JDRF web site www.jdrf.org
*If you are planning on walking with us, you need to let us know by Sept. 15th so that we can order your walk t-shirt! However if you walked last year, we are wearing the same t-shirts!
*Don?t forget to register for the walk as soon as you know that you will be able to attend, you can do so by going to www.jdrf.org.
If you are interested, here are ways you can help us make a difference for Ellie:
*You can join our Family Team, known as ?Gerler Family - Ellie?s Little Pumpers,? which consists of family and friends who collect pledges and walk with us.
*Send your donation and contact others in your circle of family and friends to donate as well. Just contact us and we will send you a pledge form. If you choose to raise donations yourself, you may forward this letter or write your own.
*You can send our family a tax-deductible contribution in any amount, made payable to JDRF. We will deliver any donations in Ellie?s honor the morning of the Walk.
*We are having a Tupperware Fundraising Party, see attached flyer. You can call me with your order. You can also take orders from others. All orders and money must be collected by: Thurs. Sept. 8th
(Orders will take 4-6 weeks to be delivered!)
*We will be doing Celebrity Servers at Ponderosa on Tuesday, Sept. 20th from 4pm-8pm. What is this? Our walk team will be waiting tables. So come let us serve you! We get to keep any tips and we will get $.50 for each entrée served. So bring your families and tell your friends!
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