Dear Family, Friends, and Coworkers,
Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
I have never been a very good ?get behind a cause and raise money? person. However, as events take place in our lives, something happens to change your mind. Last year I decided to walk 60 miles in 3 days to raise money for breast cancer in memory of my mom, who was a victim of this terrible disease. I felt so good after it was over! I finished all 60 miles and raised over $3000 to help find a cure for breast cancer! I thank all of you who supported my cause.
This past year, another event shook our family and has changed our lives forever. November 2011 our grandson Bo, at the age of 2 years, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D), also known as Juvenile Diabetes. Ironically my father also had T1D and was diagnosed at 2 years old.
Did you know that:
Besides closely monitoring his diet, Bo must have his blood sugar levels tested at least 6 times a day and take insulin shots at least 4 times a day. This equates to approximately 2190 finger pricks and 1460 shots in his legs and arms every year. And this will continue for the rest of his life unless a cure is found.
On Sunday, October 7th, our family (and even some friends), will be walking in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes inSt. Louis. In our attempt to encourage and support Bo, while educating those we know, we have formed team Bobolicious! (His nickname given to him by his ?Papa Belly?) Our goal is to 1) raise money to support the research required to find better treatments and a cure, and 2) to provide Kortni and Brett (and Bo) with support and let them know that they are not alone in their fight against Type 1 Diabetes. The walk is a place where they can see first hand that Bo will be able to succeed with this disease and do anything he wants!
How can you help you ask?
As the leader of the Type 1 Diabetes community, JDRF unifies global efforts to cure, treat and prevent T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. We greatly appreciate your consideration and support of this most worthy cause. We appreciate any and all donations made to team Bobolicious as part of our fundraising.
Rest assured knowing that more than 80 percent of JDRF?s expenditures directly support research and research-related education. Kortni and Brett received literature, a travel kit, and many other items from JDRF when Bo was diagnosed. They were a God Send!
If you have any questions or need any additional information, please don?t hesitate to call or write us. Again, thank you from all of us for your generous support of Bo!!
Thank you for your support of Team Bobolicious
Julie and Dave
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