Hello! This year, I'll be taking part in JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes, along with one-half million other walkers across the country, as we try to reach our goal of raising $89 million.
My son John was diagnosed with juvenile (or type 1) diabetes in October 2010 at the age of 8. While he was in the hospital, and we contemplated a lifetime of finger sticks and injections, I told him that I believed treatment would get better before he went to college and that I believed he might see a cure in his lifetime.
It takes research to make better treatment and a cure possible. I believe JDRF is our best hope for finding a cure. It funds more type 1 diabetes research than any other charity worldwide and it's making progress along many promising paths toward better treatments and a cure.
Type one (juvenile) diabetes does not result from poor diet or bad habits. It is an autoimmune disorder that strikes at random and causes the body to attack its own pancreas. Once the beta cells of the pancreas are destroyed, it can no longer produce insulin. No one survives without insulin. No food, no matter how healthy, can be utilized by a body without insulin. So people with type 1 diabetes are (presently) resigned to a lifetime of finger sticks, insulin injections and constant monitoring and adjusting of medicines. We need a cure !
Now, more than ever, you can make a crucial difference. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible? Together, we can make the cure a reality!
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