Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
I was diagnosed with T1D at 15, and probably had developed the disease years earlier. Those teenage years are not the best time to learn about something that set me apart from my peers and it was a rough road. Having to miss life events, struggle to balance work with doctor's appointments and illnesses, and worry about the threat of serious disability or death being around the corner is something no one should ever have to deal with. Every day, I and the other 3 million Americans with T1D struggle to maintain our bodies' basic metabolic functions while also facing the normal challenges of life. Scrutinized and misunderstood, the effects of diabetes are far reaching and the list of complications never seems to end.
Nothing about diabetes is easy, nothing about it is fair, and worst of all the only thing keeping us from saying "Remember when diabetes was life-threatening?" is enough money to fund the research programs that will develop a cure.
My breakthrough in controlling my blood sugar came just this year when I received my first insulin pump thanks to Dawn Deluge-Aungst, PA at The Endocrine Group. For the first time ever, I have a partner in battle and that little device has changed my total picture of health, something I never thought possible. The pump, insulin, syringes, glucometers and other necessities of a diabetic’s life were developed through research; thousands and thousands of hours spent pouring over specimens and outcomes, looking for any glimmer of hope that a new treatment would soon become a reality. Without this research, T1D sufferers including me wouldn’t be alive. Will your donation be the first to go toward funding a cure, instead of a treatment, for this unforgiving disease?
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.
Too many people have lost their lives to the complications caused by diabetes, and millions more are losing their personal battles every day because of the progressive nature of this disease. Please support me and donate to my Walk fundraising campaign, or sign up to walk yourself! Your gift will make a difference for me and millions of others affected by T1D. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions at all!
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