Every year since I have met Brian (we met in 2006) we have participated in the JDRF walk for awareness of juvenile diabetes. Every year I register, and every year when they ask me “who do you know with diabetes” I pause for a second when year after year I check off “spouse”; I pause not because I forget that Brian has diabetes, but because every year I am innocently hopefully for a cure. Scientists have gotten MUCH closer in the past few years and I refuse to give up hope and look forward to the day myself, my children or my grandchildren see a day when T1D does not exist. So to answer the question, “why do you walk?” I walk for an answer, I walk for a cure, I walk because insulin is NOT the cure, I walk for my husband, I walk for my friends. I walk because I hope that future generation of wives never have to know what it feels like to be woken up in the middle of the night by a meeter telling them their husband is “low”, so they never need to feel the pit in their stomach when they get the news that insurance is no longer covering 80% of supplies, but only 50%, so wives everywhere can have a few more precious years with the man they love to make memories with. I walk for the children of the diabetics, so they never need to know what it feels like to lose a parent to diabetes, I walk for the families that live with T1D every day, and I walk because I have hope- year after year I still have hope. So please help me in raising awareness for a cause that is near and dear to my heart. Thank you! <3 Kate <3
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Al Citarella III