In 2000, at the age of 6, I was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes, and I've had it ever since. In fact, unless a cure is found, I will have it for the rest of my life. This year, I'll be leading Team Kure in the South Jersey Walk to Cure Diabetes to improve the lives of all people with diabetes.
Type One diabetes is an autoimmune disease that comes on suddenly and can strike anyone, at any age. It has nothing to do with lifestyle or diet. People who live with Type 1 must monitor their blood sugar throughout the day, because their body does not produce the hormone, insulin, that is supposed to do it for them.
Every day, I prick my fingers before and after meals, through the night, during exercise, and before I drive. I wear an insulin pump, which is attached to my body by a small canula under my skin, that delivers insulin into my bloodstream when I tell it to, although I have to figure out how much myself. Type one diabetes is a part of my every waking moment, but with the technology and researched funded by walks like this, we are making progress. JDRF unifies global efforts to cure, treat and prevent T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered, and neither will I.
Please join me in my efforts to stop diabetes in its tracks. On May 18, I will lead Team Kure along the Wildwood Boardwalk with other walkers from all over South Jersey. We'd love to have you on our team. On this page, you'll find links to donate to one of our walkers, join the team, and track progress toward my individual and team fundraising goals. I know that together, we'll be one step closer to finding a cure.
Thank you for your support!
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Miss Kathleen Quain