Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
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.
This is personal to me because my nephew Johnny was diagnosed with T1D at 14 months old on August 16, 2012. My sister noticed Johnny having a lot of heavy wet diapers for about a week and drinking a lot of water, and I remember I was babysitting Johnny on a Monday and Tuesday and he just didn't seem like himself. On tuesday I just did my normal routine for Johnny like we always have; played, read books, got him his milk bottle to feed him right before he went down for his nap (just like every other day). As I was feeding him his bottle he just didn't want it anymore before all the milk was gone and he kept knocking the bottle out of my hand and I wondered why because Johnny had always finished his whole bottle usually for me. I then noticed his eyes looked a little different to me but I just thought that he was really tired. I didn't like the feeling that I was getting in my stomach so I just happened to pick up his left arm and it kind of just dropped in my lap. I thought he was just over tired..little did I know he was very lethargic. I put him for his nap and I told his dad before I left for the day how Johnny was acting and that I thought something was weird. My sister took him to the doctor's the next day and they told her to rush him to Rainbow babies hospital in Cleveland because he has Diabetes and his blood sugar number was off the charts! She called me and we all were so scared and upset about his diagnosis. So, for the next 5 days we had to learn everything about T1D and I had to learn how to give my nephew insulin shots because I am a nanny for him and my niece. Johnny is now on an insulin pump and it's seems to be a lot nicer for him so he doesn't have to get what he was getting up to 8-10 shots a day. We still have to prick his fingers for his blood sugar but at least the shots aren't everyday thanks to having a pump now.
But, that's why we are walking to find a cure for this disease, so that my sweet little nephew and kids just like him do not have to go through this horrific disease! It not only is hard for the little children but also hard on the mommy's and daddy's and family members that have to be the ones to help in the process of making sure their loved ones are safe!
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.
So, I ask you to 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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Mrs. Katherine T Liston