Two years ago, we wouldn’t have been able to tell you much about diabetes. To our knowledge, diabetes was a disease that only older, obese people or kids suffered from. We really never understood the MAGNITUDE of it all. Well, that all changed when Eric, our son, was diagnosed with type 1 (also known as juvenile diabetes) in May of 2011.
Eric is 27 years old and he graduated from the University of Toledo in 2009 with a Bachelor of Business Degree with a double major in Supply Chain Management and Operations Management. He just completed his MBA at Ashland University this past July. He works at The J.M. Smucker Company in Orville, Ohio as an Associate Sourcing Manager. Eric leads a very normal active life but unfortunately, to add to that, Eric now has to contend with diabetes which entails giving himself four shots of insulin a day and poking his fingers between 10 to 15 times a day to check his blood sugar level. He cannot always eat when he feels hungry and must eat at times when he’s not. His daily routine consists of a “military precision” schedule of testing and counting carbohydrates. The insulin Eric takes is not a cure for his diabetes, but merely life support until a cure is found.
These past two years we have been so proud of Eric and the way that he has dealt with this life-altering event in his life. We support him in any way we can especially attending seminars on diabetes, reading articles and getting involved with JDRF – a non-profit organization dedicated solely to raising funds to find a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications. Our heart goes out to not only our son but to all of those affected by this disease.
On September 21, we’ll be taking part in our second JDRF’s annual Walk to Cure Diabetes. Last year we raised $2500 and were presented the Golden Sneaker Award. We would like to thank those of you who made a donation last year! Our goal this year is to raise $3,000 to help find a cure for Eric and the millions of other who contend day after day with this disease.
We hope you will find it in your heart to make a donation to help find a cure for Eric and for all those individuals living with diabetes.
Thank you very much,
Russ and Kim Downing
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