My story begins with my son, Matthew. Matthew was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in December, 2008, when he was 9 years old. It was a life-changing experience for the whole family, but most of all, Matthew. We learned how to count carbs, check blood sugars, measure insulin, and give shots. And when he was ready for the pump, he was all too eager to learn how to use it (it's an electronic device after all!) Matthew has been a "pumper" now since April 2010. He continues to observe and learn anything he can about the disease. This year Matthew has expressed an interest in clinical trial participation. Not sure if he can do that yet because of his age, but we will be talking to Joslin about it! School personnel have often commented to me that he is so aware of the disease and what it takes to manage it. Here's the thing, though...
Managing diabetes isn't good enough. We need a cure! Nearly 24 million Americans suffer from diabetes, including hundreds of thousands of children affected with this lifelong disease. With your support, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) will continue its mission: to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Won't you please consider joining me on the walk, or making a donation to this worthy cause? Thank you in advance for your generosity!
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Mr. Leonard Carroll
Ms. Linda Storms