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.
Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin. 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 only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight T1D. Every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward research comes from donors like you.
The challenge we've set ourselves - to raise money for JDRF and to walk - is modest compared to the daily challenges of life with T1D, which involves a 24/7, unrelenting cycle of blood sugar testing and insulin injections to manage the disease.
Will you accept the challenge to make a difference by walking with us? Just click on the "Join this Team" button, make a donation, and start fundraising.
Thank you for your support, and we'll see you on Walk day!
|DO IT FOR JOHNNY - Join Team||Raised|
|Denotes a Team Captain|
Gayle Ferguson, Rose Gress, Shirley Bays, Amber Bays, Pat Frank, Virginia Gress
In Honor of Little Johnny
Kay Strunk, Renee Kolke
Mr. Matthew Kraus
Mrs. Amber Wood
Mrs. Katherine T Liston
Mrs. Katie Schalmo
Mrs. Kristen De La Fuente
Mrs. Marsha Kraus
Mrs. Melissa Hulett
Mrs. Sylvia Bustard
Ms. Stina Olafsdottir
Ms. Sue Styles