Dear Friends and Family,Let me start by taking you back three years ago. I was a junior in high school, getting ready for a pep rally when my sister, Carley who was also a cheerleader came up to me looking very upset. She looked me in the eyes and said mom just called her, our little sister Landry is in the hospital and she has been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. My stomach dropped and I was very confused. How could a healthy, five year old little girl have diabetes? As soon as the doctors allowed my sister and I to visit Landry in the hospital we did. This is when our mother and step-father explained to us why Landry was always drinking tons of water, going to the restroom a lot, losing weight and constantly complaining about her head hurting. We all had to learn things like; how to give Landry her insulin, how to keep track of her carbohydrate intake, and much more.Now fast forward to today. As the sister to an 8 year old with type 1 diabetes (T1D), it’s difficult to watch Landry live with this disease. My sister has to prick herself multiple times a day just to check her blood sugar. Every time she puts food and/or drink besides water in her mouth she receives a shot of insulin. Mood swings happen often because her sugar level could be great at 150 and then rise up to 300 the next moment. Every now and then Landry misses out on slumber parties because her friend’s parents may not feel comfortable giving Landry her insulin shots. Sometimes she doesn’t even get to participate in gym class at school because she doesn’t feel good, she then has to leave her class and go to the nurses until her sugar balances out.Type 1 diabetes is a disease with many misconceptions. First of all, T1D is not something a child can outgrow. T1D was also known as Juvenile Diabetes. Insulin is necessary to survive but it is not a cure. Without a cure my sister Landry will continue to live her life with the constant stress and worry of her blood sugar, and getting insulin injections. Worse, the threat of passing out or even falling into a coma because of low blood sugar is a daily fear.This year I am captain of Team Landry, for the Walk to Cure Diabetes on September 28th, 2013. With the help of our friends and family we are raising money to go towards research to find a cure, better treatments, and prevention. We would love your help in making this dream of a life without diabetes a reality. Here are a few ways you can help:1. You can join our team, raise donations, and walk with us atKent State University in Starkon September 28th, 2013 at 10:00 am.2. If you are unable to walk with us, you can go to our personal fundraising webpage and make a donation.3. You can forward this letter to your friends and family to help us raise money to help find a cure, better treatments, and prevention for T1D.To join the team and make donations go to walk.jdrf.org and search for our team, Team Landry under the Donate to a Walker section.Thank you so much for you help and time,Taylor Hurley
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Miss Taylor Hurley