My best friend Erica is one of the strongest people I know. Five years ago she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. I remember being in elementary school and wondering why a kid got to eat fruit snacks and the rest of us didn't- the teacher explained that he has diabetes and sometimes he needs extra sugar. Up until I met Erica, that was all I knew about the disease.
I met Erica a long time ago, but we became close friends just after I graduated high school (my boyfriend, now husband, brought us together). I have had amazing, one-of-a-kind, life changing experiences and adventures with her. We've been on trips together, been in each other's weddings, and spent countless weekends sharing a bottle of wine, crafting, or just hanging out. Our husbands are close, our families are friends, and some day when we have kids I know that the McCoys will be like second parents.
Based on Erica's story alone, it's clear that treatment and equipment have come a long way, but there's still no cure. I have watched my best friend count carbs, prick her finger, resist sweets, and suffer from lows after a hot day or Zumba work out. Without a cure Erica will have to fight harder than the rest of us when it comes to working out, eating, having kids, aging, and other daily things we tend to take for granted. My best friend can handle these hurdles, but if there's any way she can avoid them, I want to help find it.
Erica has done SO much for me these past 4 years. She's the most humble, passionate, dedicated person I know. My husband and I will be walking by her side on Sept. 28th, but all I'm asking for is a $10 donation from you. I usual ignore the "Just $5 a day" commercials and walk right past the "donate now" links, but JDRF is dedicated to helping Erica, and I am, too :) Thank you in advance!
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