Hello! This year, I'll be taking part in JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes, along with one-half million other walkers across the country, as we try to reach our goal of raising $89 million.
Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, is a devastating disease that affects millions of people, a large and growing percentage of them children.
You may or may not know my daughter Caitlin. Caitlin was only 5 years old when she was diagnosed 4 years ago on May 12, 2007. That year Caitlin and I spent Mother's Day in the hospital as she was diagnosed the day before. Today Caitlin is a fun loving 9 year old. She loves to joke around and make people laugh. She absolutely adores cheerleading and basketball. This year she will begin playing soccer. On paper she seems like your average everyday 9 year old girl but with all these activities she must keep her blood sugar regulated which can be quite challenging when excerising. She tests her blood sugar several times a day and wears an insulin pump 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
This year she became sick with a typical stomach virus that landed her in the hospital overnight because her blood sugar was out of control and as a result became dehydrated. She needed to be placed on an IV to re-hydrate her. Everything turned out fine in the end but because of diabetes this can happen time and time again. A typical child with a virus can be exhausting but when that child has type 1 diabetes you and you're child are dealt a whole other world of medical issues.
There is some good news, though. JDRF is our best hope for finding a cure. It funds more type 1 diabetes research than any other charity worldwide and it's making progress along many promising paths toward better treatments and a cure.
Now, more than ever, you can make a crucial difference. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible? Together, we can make the cure a reality!
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