Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
I'll be taking part in this year's efforts 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.
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. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. It cannot be prevented and there is no cure. As many of you know, I was diagnosed with T1D on September 24, 2011. It has been 2 years now, and diabetes is part of my everyday life. It can be really hard sometimes. I want to eat like my brothers and friends get to eat. I have to eat on a strict schedule, and have to count every carb I put in my mouth. I also am growing, as kids tend to do, so I often have to change my insulin dose, and it can get tricky sometimes. I try and be positive, though. My Mom and Dad remind me often that I am their hero, and that I am very strong to have such self control at such a young age. They also tell me how responsible I am with giving my shots to myself and taking my blood sugar throughout the day. My Mom even told me that my brother, Jack, told her that I am a Warrior (he has not said that directly to me yet)!!! Life with T1D is difficult, but I know that it could be much worse. I see other kids and adults with life threatening diseases and I feel lucky that I have T1D. At least I can control and treat my blood sugar! Research is making it easier too. I recently got a new devise called DEXCOM, which is a continuous glucose monitoring system. It is really cool. My Mom attaches a sensor to my stomach that has a small needle in it that sends a continuous signal to a receiver. This receiver can be put in my pocket, or next to my bed and reads my blood sugar 24/7!!! It is not perfect though. I have to still prick my fingers to calibrate it, and the tape that secures it to my stomach is not very sticky, so it has fallen off and we have to restick a new needle in my stomach. My Dad is trying to find us a better solution to make it stick better, so he has ordered different, stickier tape. He keeps telling me to persevere, and that we will figure a solution. My Mom and Dad are proud of me for not giving up on the device. We think that with the way research is heading, soon everyone will T1D will have a continuous glucose meter and it will be even better than the one I have!!!! Please help JDRF scientist find a cure by donating to my team.
Also, I would love you to join my family and team on OCTOBER 5, at 9:30am, as we walk Queeny Park (Our very own WALK for a CURE). We decided that this was more convenient for everyone and we won't have to worry about a big crowd down at Forest Park. Please come and cheer me on my walk for a cure!!!
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. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible today?
Thank you for your support!
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