Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
Welcome to our JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes team page!
We're taking steps to help JDRF progressively remove the impact of type 1 diabetes (T1D) from people's lives until no one has to fear developing this disease. By joining our Walk to Cure Diabetes team and making a donation to JDRF, you'll raise money to help fund critical T1D research and create a world without T1D.
Johnny was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when 14 months old on August 16, 2012. Johnny had been having heavy wet diapers for about a week and had been drinking water excessively. in the last few days before his diagnosis, he was very lethargic and was becoming weak. We didn't really realize what was going on until I read one of my baby books and realized the symptoms sounded like diabetes. I made an appointment with my pediatrician for a few days later not realizing how serious things were. When we made it to the pediatrician's office, Johnny's blood sugar was unmeasurable on the meter in his office. He told us to take him immediately to the ER at Rainbow. The whole way there I was terrified he would go unconscious. We arrived at the ER and were told he was in DKA (Diabetic Ketoacidocis) a potentially life-threatening condition. I didn't even realize that at the time, but I thought it was strange that so many doctors and nurses and the head of the ER stopped by to see him. We spent 3 days in the Pediatric ICU and several more days in the hospital learning how to handle Johnny's diabetes.
The fact that he was so small, couldn't communicate and dealing with a toddler's finicky diet made his diabetes management especially more challenging. He is very sensitive to both carbohydrates and the insulin so he has to be very closely monitored. He was enduring up to 10 shots a day at one point since he needed a shot of insulin after every meal and snack he ate. After about 5 months on injections, he went on an insulin pump to help manage his frequent need for insulin after each snack. After a little more than a year since his diagnosis he is still making us proud. He is talking more now and is aware of is pump. It sure does help that he can ask for snack now when he needs one too!
Throughout our first year in coping, the support we have received through JDRF has been amazing. The staff and volunteers are so helpful and compassionate. It is truly a wonderful organization and charity and I am proud to do this walk to support finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes.
Please read below the information about Type 1 diabetes and JDRF. It is also important for our team that folks become educated about Type 1 diabetes.
I'll 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 I 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.
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 me and donate to my 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?
Thank you for your support!
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In Honor of Little Johnny
Kay Strunk, Renee Kolke
Mrs. Carrie Short
Mrs. Dorothy Engelhart
Mrs. Kristen De La Fuente
Mrs. Sylvia Bustard
Ms. Shirley Bays