Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
I am taking part in this year's Walk to raise funds for the millions of people living with and affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). The money I raise will help JDRF fund critical research to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people's lives until no one has to fear developing the disease.
Why am I getting involved and hitting the pavement? Because I am one of these people that are affected by this disease, this past August was my 5 year anniversary of living with T1D. As many as 3 million Americans may have type 1 diabetes. Each year, more than 15,000 children and 15,000 adults – approximately 80 people per day – are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in the U.S. alone.
Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin - a hormone essential to the ability to get energy from food to put it simply. It strikes both children and adults. There is no cure, insulin is not a cure, it simply helps to keep us alive. T1D is a disease that needs constant care and maintenance 24/7, there is no break or vacation from it. Between multiple finger pricks a day to test blood sugars, carb counting before eating, and calculating insulin needs for meals and snacks, these are just a few examples that show this disease is a lot of work. I won't even get into the emotional side of it. Knowing that research is being done in order to find a cure is just a bit of hope. It hasn't even been 100 years since the discovery of insulin and although with the way technology is in this day and age, it may feel like research should be farther along, it is getting there. Knowing that this research is being done gives hope that even if there is not cure within my lifetime, that maybe my children will live to see it.
JDRF is the largest nongovernmental funder of T1D research and the only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight T1D. This science is complex and costly, and every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward research comes from donors like you.
Please support me and donate to my Walk fundraising campaign. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease. Will you please consider giving to JDRF today? Online donations are easy and secure, but if you would prefer you may send your gift to the address below. Please make checks payable to JDRF and note my name in the memo line.
Thank you for your support!
7244 Mackenzie Rd
St. Louis, MO. 63123
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