As some of you already know, my pancreas is a slacker. In 2008, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, formerly known as Juvenile Diabetes. In a nutshell, Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease that destroys the cells in your pancreas that produce insulin, so those of us with Type 1 are insulin-dependent for life. What it means to me on a day-to-day basis is that I monitor my blood sugar throughout the day, count every carbohydrate that I eat, and take 4-5 insulin injections daily. While there are certainly challenges that come with living with this disease, I lead a perfectly normal life and can honestly say that diabetes hasn't kept me from doing anything I have wanted to do. I am a mom to 2 incredible and healthy kids. I have a full-time job. I travel. I exercise. I play. And I attribute the ability to do all of this to organizations like JDRF and the medical advancements their funding has supported.
On April 27, I am walking in the 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes with gratitude for the quality of life that past research as afforded me and with hope that more research will ultimately lead to a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.
Please consider supporting diabetes research by making a tax-deductible donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Donations of any amount make a difference! I know there are many worthy causes and organizations out there, so good mojo, prayers and positive thoughts are also welcome.
Thank you for your consideration!
Accolades for JDRF
Forbes: JDRF was awarded an efficiency rating of 89 out of 100 in Forbes Magazine's most recent charity ranking. Forbes called JDRF "...a tightly run organization that puts almost every dollar spent to work curing disease...."
The New York Times: "The foundation typically outperforms, in lobbying and fundraising, nearly every other interest group built around a particular disease."
The Wall Street Journal: "Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has spent some [$1.6 billion] on research. It has a pile of discoveries to show for it...."
AIP: For the 13th year in a row, JDRF was top-ranked by the American Institute of Philanthropy - the only national diabetes organization to earn an 'A' grade every year over this time period.
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