††† On Sunday, May 5, 2013 "Cameron's Crew" will once again be joining the JDRF Walk to Cure Type 1 Diabetes.† This year a campus walk is being held at Lehigh Carbon Community College.† For the past five years with your help, Cameron's Crew, has been the top fundraising team in our area.† Last year, we raised over $13,000 for JDRF.† We can not thank all of you enough for your love and continued support.
††† Since diagnosis in August 2007, Cameron has endured over 1500 shots and more than 17,000 finger pricks.† On March 20, 2013 Cameron began wearing a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) in addition to his insulin pump...so he now has two different devices attached to his body and two different remote monitors.† His pump delivers his insulin the same as always, while his CGM basically takes the equivalent of 280 finger pricks per day.† However, this does not mean that Cameron can now stop blood finger pricks...it is just another device to help prevent a dangerous high or low blood sugar from occurring.† Currently, there are trials underway to incorporate the pump and CGM into an artificial pancreas that would be worn like a pump...but would deliver insulin, sense blood sugar and react appropriately.† This is being done through research which your donations have helped to fund.
†† As far as technology has advanced...it simply can not take the place of a CURE...which was never more clear than when we went for CGM training.† To watch our child emotionally deal with having to wear another device on his body was heartbreaking.† Even though part of us wanted to tell him it wasn't necessary...lots of people with T1D don't wear them...in our hearts we knew it was the right decision for him and his health.† Despite all our efforts, over the past six months, Cameron's A1C levels (3 month blood sugar) have been higher than we feel are healthy...and more importantly in the future when he would see the results.† We can not add to the risk of kidney and liver damage, heart disease, diabetic retinopathy, neuropathy or amputation which can occur with diabetes.
†† We support JDRF because if gives us hope of a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.† For 5 1/2 years we have faced T1D 24 hours a day together as a family.† As much as we do, ultimately it is Cameron's condition to live with, which is an enormous responsibility for any person let alone a child. We truly believe our fundraising efforts will one day prevent a child or adult from ever being diagnosed with T1D...which is reason enough to raise money and awareness.† JDRF was founded by parents like us 40 years ago...their only mission is to find a cure. †
††† We would appreciate any donations with checks made payable to JDRF or if anyone would like to walk with our team and raise funds we would be honored.† Donations may be sent to our home address by May 3rd.† Thank you for your support.† Your help gives us hope of finding a cure in the near future!!!
Your donation will count towards the team's fundraising total. In addition, please give credit to the person that asked for your support to recognize them for their efforts in creating a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D).