Welcome to my family's JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
Riley and other people affected by T1D is the reason we fight so hard. The stark realization of how different life was before diagnosis and after is staggering. The day after his 10th birthday, we took him to the doctor knowing something was terribly wrong. He had lost weight, had no energy, was vomiting and complaining of severe pain. I knew enough to suspect diabetes, but nothing prepares you for the shock of the actual diagnosis. Riley's blood sugar was 863 and he was close to DKA (a condition that can and does result in death). We were sent to the endocrinologist who asked, "who wants to give the first shot?" ... "you mean there isn't a pill for this?" I asked. We were told that we would need to give him injections 4 times a day and test his blood sugar 4-6 times per day and sometimes more. We also would have to count carbohydrates and learn calculations to give him the correct amount of insulin along with learn how different combinations of protein, fats and carbohydrates are processed differently by the body. We had no choice because there is no cure. In the two years since diagnosis we have learned that Type 1 diabetes not only changes the life of the person with diabetes, but it also affects the whole family. I have seen my family mourn what was and embrace what now is. It has proven to me how strong, supportive, and resilient we are. We are fortunate for the technology that is available to help with treatment, but it isn't a cure.
We will 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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Aunt Patti Eckenroth
Ms. Diane Conrad
Ms. Gina French
The Weeber Family