Thanks for visiting my JDRF Walk-to-Cure-Diabetes fundraising page! This year I'll be taking part in a Walk to raise funds for the millions of people living with type 1 diabetes (T1D, also known as Juvenile Diabetes). The money I raise will help JDRF fund research to find a cure.
Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease that causes the pancreas to stop producing insulin. Without insulin, the body can't convert food into energy. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. It can't 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 directs toward research comes from donors like you.
Here’s My Story:
Last December, almost 2 months after my 9th birthday, I was diagnosed with T1D. When my pediatrician broke the news, my family and I were really scared. I had to spend the next two days in the hospital. Neither my parents nor I could relax until my endocrinologist explained that, although I would have to make adjustments to my normal routine, I could continue to do the things I loved to do. I wouldn’t have to give up my basketball games or my overnight trips. Not even my favorite ice cream!
Lucky for me, all the great research funded by organizations like JDRF (the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) has led to life-changing discoveries that allow me to eat regular meals. Before the discovery of insulin, people with T1D were very restricted in terms of what they could eat and do. I have to be very strict about counting carbs and measuring my blood glucose, but I am thankful for all the research that has made this disease something I can actually live with.
Before I had diabetes, I didn’t think much about when or what I was having to eat. Now I have to prick my finger to test my blood glucose before every snack and meal (and once again at bedtime). Then I have to count the carbs of everything I am getting ready to eat and use those two numbers to calculate how much insulin I need to give myself. (My math skills have improved a lot!) Not until I give myself an insulin injection can I finally take the first bite.
A few months ago, I made the switch from insulin injections to an insulin pump--another great invention made possible with the help of research funds from JDRF. The pump is a little larger than a cell phone (when it was first invented, it was so large people had to carry it on their backs!), and I wear it clipped to my waistband. It delivers insulin through a thin tube that’s connected to my body by a temporary insertion site. The pump makes things easier for me because it calculates the insulin I need based on the information I feed it. And even though I have to change the insertion site every few days, I don’t have to give myself insulin injections anymore.
The medical community has made tremendous advances in the field of diabetes over the past few years, but there’s still a lot of work to do. I think a lot about the possibility of finding an actual cure. I wouldn’t have to prick my finger ten times a day, nor would I have to tote my meter and insulin supplies around every day. I wouldn’t have to worry about passing out from low blood sugar, and my parents wouldn’t have to worry about the serious medical complications that could develop when I grow older. I believe that, with continued funding from organizations like JDRF, my dream of finding a cure may one day come true. That’s where YOU come in.
Please help me with the fight to find a cure by donating to my Walk fundraising campaign. Even the smallest gift will make a difference.
Thanks for your support!
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