"A cure is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall."
Almost every day a new story seems to come out about advancements in the treatment of Type-1 diabetes. What almost none of the stories mention is that a treatment is far different from a cure.
The artificial pancreas is an amazingly cool piece of technology currently in the works. New insulins and drugs that help your body need less insulin are exciting. Technology has made the lives of diabetics everywhere better and easier. But when Team Hoffmanderson marches through the streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn every year (usually slightly ahead of Alecia's Stem Cells) we are marching for a cure, not a compromise. Our leader Karen may not wear a beret like Che Guevara, but her convictions are similarly strong.
When Guevara was asked about the possibility of being killed during a revolution, he said "I don't care if I fall as long as someone else picks up my gun and keeps shooting." Karen too has never been shy about the fact that she wants a cure even if it is a cure that comes too late to affect her own life. Her dedication to the cure knows no bounds as this year she will be 34 weeks pregnant at the time of the walk. Swollen feet be damned, she has vowed to strap on her sneakers and hoist up her blue JDRF foam finger to help raise money for the organization that has already done so much to help her life.
What we need from you, quite simply, is your money. To date, Team Hoffmanderson (and its Karen-led predecessors) has raised more than $45,000 to help develop that magical cure that will lead to better lives for millions of people. We have been humbled by the generosity of our friends and family over the years, and we hope to be amazed by all of you once again this year.
¡Viva Team Hoffmanderson!