Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page! I'll be taking part in this years Walk to raise funds to improve the lives of all people affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). If you ask people with T1D, they will tell you it is difficult and life threatening. And they know it never goes away.
As you all know this is a very important cause to me. Blake was diagnosed at age 6 on 8/29/11, thats a date that will forever be etched in my mind as a horrible day! Blake had been acting really tired, peeing a LOT, excessively thirsty and angry all the time. On that monday 8/29/11 I was sitting at my desk at work wondering about him because it was his third day of 1st grade. I had the motherly instinct that something was wrong with him and I called to make him an appointment for the doctor. I told the nurse his symptoms and they got him right in the same day. When we got to the doctor they did a urine test to see if he had a UTI, that came back negative but he had Ketones so they checked his blood sugar. His level was too high for the glucose meter to read it in the doctor office. They sent us straight to the ICU of the Emergency Room. They ran some tests and found out he was in "severe" DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis) and they proceeded to let me know that if we wouldn't have gotten him to the doctor that day he wouldn't have woke up the following morning. Hearing those words was the most devastating thing I've ever been told!! He would've been in a diabetic coma or worse! Life hasn't been nearly the same since that day! He has just been put on an insulin pump this past week; before this he had to get 4 or more shots per DAY!! He's had more shots in his short life than most adults. Thankfully Blake is a trooper and takes it in stride. He constantly lets us know he hates diabetes and that it isn't fair...and I couldn't agree with him more! NO child should have to deal with such a life threatening and life changing disease!
I am asking for your support. Please donate to my personal fundraising efforts. By doing so, you can help me make a difference for millions of people living with type 1 diabetes.
Did you know that:
T1D is an autoimmune disease that comes on suddenly and strikes both children and adults at any age?
T1D has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle?
Those living with T1D must carefully balance insulin doses with eating and daily activities throughout the day and night?
Those living with T1D must test their blood sugar by pricking their fingers for blood 6 or more times a day?
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. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible?