Welcome and Thank you for walking Arm-in-Arm with Ashley in JDRF's Walk for the Cure!
On April 10, 2013, one week before our daughter Ashley's twelth birthday, she was admitted to Cardinal Glennon's Children's Hospital and diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D). We were shocked as none of our direct family members have diabetes on either side of the family. How did this happen? We do not know, but our focus turns to adjusting to a "new normal" and finding a cure.
First of all, you should know that Ashley is doing remarkable well. After the first shot of insulin was given by her nurse, Ashley began giving her own shots. Additionally, she began testing her blood sugar levels along side the nurses and they would compare readings. She took over her medical care immediately. We were and are still amazed at her positive attitude and initiative.
Ashley's current challenge is that she needs to test her blood sugar levels from 5 to 17 times a day. Her active lifestyle of dance and gymnastics makes maintaining a healthy blood sugar level a challenge. Yet again, she takes it all in stride.
As we move forward, we want to see how we can help to make a difference. This is why I'll be 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.
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.
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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