It’s time for TEAM JESSICA'S third walk to Cure Diabetes..….
Jessica was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes two days after her 12th birthday.
Unlike Adult Onset or Type 2 Diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease without a cure. Type 1 Diabetics will forever need to be on insulin. There are many short and long term complications with Type 1 diabetes. There is the daily concern of having sugar levels go too low or too high which can result in dizziness, vomiting, or even seizures. The long term complications can be much more devastating.
This is an extremely exciting time for diabetes management as we are nearing an artificial pancreas. That is a pump-like system that can automatically check and treat sugar levels. At the current time it is too large to be practical but the technology is there to make the daily hassle of diabetic management a thing of the past. Additionally there are significant strides being made in modifying the body’s immune response to the cells that produce insulin. There are some incredible studies being performed that “hide” these cells from the body’s killer cells.
I am sure many of you have seen Jessica sticking her fingers or noticed the trail of glucose test strips that seem to follow wherever she has been. Jessica continues to be stellar in dealing with her situation. During the current year while Jessica was home alone her pump broke and before calling either of us she had already contacted the pump manufacturer and ordered a new pump; and consulted with her doctors at the Berrie Center to double check what her injection doses should be. Though she is doing great, unless a cure is found she will never be able to enjoy true spontaneity and carefree living without the hindrance of monitoring and dosing for her diabetes.
In the two and a half years since her diagnosis we estimate she has had to “stick herself” over 8000 times.
We are writing this letter to ask all of you to participate in Walk to Cure Diabetes on Sunday October 6th, 2013 at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway. The walk raises money for the JDRF. This organization is the largest charitable funder and advocate of diabetes science worldwide. To date, JDRF has funded more than $1.5 billion in diabetes research, including $100 million in fiscal year 2011.
There are two ways you can participate:
Our goal is to again raise $30,000+, please help us in any way you are able. With all of your help we will hopefully surpass $100,000 over the 3 years Team Jessica has participated in the walk.
Hope to see you on October 6th and thanks in advance.
Rochelle, Joshua, Sydney, Jessica, and Corey Waldman
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