Welcome to our personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
My hero, my son, my Brandon.....he's the reason why we are walking. Brandon and everyone affected by Type 1 Diabetes. I'll admit, prior to his diagnosis, I was in the dark about this life-threatening disease. I'm mad and I plan to get even with Diabetes. We're waging war on it. Why? Because there is a promise and hope that in Brandon's life time, a cure will be found. A CURE!!
Our world spiraled out-of-control in January 2013. My extremely healthy boy became ill. Over the course of a few hours, life as we knew it had changed drastically. We knew someting wasn't quite right for the months leading up to the news. We didn't know what was wrong. Ah well, we're past that now. Instead of looking at my gaunt, thin and every-finger-on-his-hands-band-aid-covered son....I get to admire my healthy son who has Type 1 Diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes does not have him, we all refuse to allow it!! In the hospital, during one of our down moments, Brandon mustered all his strength and worried about comforting me. He assured me, "Mom, I got this". Well that you do, my boy. Don't let me make Type 1 glamorous to you, we all still have our ups and downs. The downs can be crushing but the ups outweigh the downs. And with that, I shout my mantra, "Screw you Diabetes!" Brandon's right, he's got this. The rest of us are just here to support him the best we can. I sit here, teary-eyed, happy and sad alike. Sad because it transformed my baby boy into a young man in minutes. Happy because we've been blessed with amazing friends, family, medical providers and insurance. Brandon is living the typical 11 year old life with his insulin pump. Hockey, swimming, playing with siblings, video games and EATING JUNK FOOD, Brandon does it all and then some. Who knew he could lead a "normal" life? Please help us support my personal hero and everyone else dealing with this disease and raise fund for the cure. Finger pokes to test blood sugar, blood tests, basal and bolus, compensating for carbs, counting carbs, feet checks, insulin shots, insulin pump, Quick Sets, insulin, injection sites, alcohol swabs, blood glucose, reservoir, lancets, A1C tests (aka Life with Type 1 Diabetes) questions about any of it? Ask Brandon!! He has had one heck of a year dealing with it all. Diabetes has had one heck of a year dealing with all the punches Brandon delivers to it. Diabetes is no match for my man....He's GOT THIS!!
My family will be taking part in this year's Walk to raise funds for the millions of people living with and affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). The money we raise will help JDRF fund critical research to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people's lives until no one has to fear developing the disease.
Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin - a hormone essential to the ability to get energy from food. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. It cannot be prevented and there is no cure. WE are committed to finding the cure.
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.
Please support us and donate to our Walk fundraising campaign. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating life-threatening disease. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible today? ANY amount is greatly appreciated. Please help Brandon (Wilford Brimley would be proud) in his quest to BEAT THE BEETUS.
Thank you for your support!
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