Welcome to Sam's JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a little more than one year ago. Since my diagnosis, my life has changed in some ways, but has not changed in many others. Living with counting carbs, checking my blood sugar level and taking daily injections of insulin are some of the ways my life has changed. Diabetes has not changed my life in many important ways. I stay active in baseball and other sports. I travel and hang out with my family and friends.
My mom and dad and I will 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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