Dear Family and Friends, On 2/8/2010, at the age of 26 months my son, Jack Murphy, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D). This day changed our family’s life forever. Type 1 diabetes has no cure. Jack wears an insulin pump 24/7. Because he is such a brittle diabetic he also needs to wear a second monitor (a CGM) (yes-2 IV like sites on his 5 year old belly) that helps guides us with his blood sugars. Jack is now 5 1/2 years old and just started Kindergarten just a few weeks ago. This has brought on a whole new list of challenges and worries for him and our family. For the first time, he is being taken care of by a school nurse and a 1:1 aid, instead of Mommy and Daddy. Even his life at school is not like other children. How many parents get called 5-8 times a day by the nurse, never knowing if this is the emergency where she needs to run into school ASAP to help him? To stay this has been a hard transition is an understatement. My wife Laura must remain within minutes of his school is case of an emergency! When jack started school I think the staff thought they were doing to get a "sickly" child who understands at a young age life can be unfair.......his amazing teachers and aides were shocked to find a fun loving, kind, sweet, funny child who has no idea he is different from other children. He thinks everyone is his friend and is proud to show off his tummy with his two sites-he is a special kid who I say is "my angel from heaven." I understand this is the forth year we are asking for donations for his walk--I truly believe in the JDRF and appreciate any amount you and your family can afford. Your thoughts, kind words, and donations are so appreciated by the entire Murphy Family. Our family is taking part in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes on 10/6/2013. Click on the link below and donate to our team or pick an individual team member! http://www2.jdrf.org/site/TR/Walk-NY/Chapter-WestchesterCounty4457?px=1373949&pg=personal&fr_id=2391 Sincerely, Brian Murphy Jack's Big Race
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