Welcome to Team Education of the Heart’s
JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
I'll be walking in Philadelphia’s Walk in October of 2013. The money raised by my team will help fund important research by the JDRF- and hopefully help find a cure for juvenile (T1) diabetes! 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.
So why should you support my team and I? Some background information would be helpful! I was diagnosed in October of 2005, when I was 14 years old. I was a sophomore in high school. Since that diagnosis, I have done as much as I can to give myself a good life and not let diabetes get in my way! I graduated magna cum laude from Cabrini College in 2012 with degrees in History, American Studies and Secondary Education. I was active in Residence Life, Cabrini’s Theatre Program and was selected as a Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities student. My junior year, I spent spring break in France and Switzerland as part of a class in International Studies, and my senior year, I went to Ecuador on a mission trip. I served as President of Delta Epsilon Sigma, an honors society for academica and community service, my senior year in addition to holding membership in Phi Alpha Theta (history), Alpha Psi Omega (theatre), and Kappa Delta Pi- Sigma Rho (education).
After I graduated, I spent a year with the Mercy Volunteer Corps, and I was missioned to the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation in rural Arizona as a history teacher at a small parochial school. Now, I am in grad school, studying to become a Reading Specialist and earn my Master’s in Education. I work with the Alliance for Catholic Education based out of St. Joseph’s University and I am excited to be living and working in the City of Brotherly Love once again! I teach English at a small, catholic high school in North Philly and I love the students and my co-workers.
I don’t let the fact that I have juvenile diabetes stop me from going after my goals, but life would so much easier if I didn’t have to deal with the trials and tribulations of this illness. One day, I hope there will be a cure to this disease and I can look back and say, “I used to be sick”.
I love to travel. I have been hiking in the Grand Canyon, and have scaled the sides of New Mexican cliffs to explore cliff dwellings. I've played soccer in the streets of Ecuador with the children I met on my service trip. I've been locked in a bathroom at the top of the Eiffel Tower. I've moved across the country and back again. Once, I almost fell overboard on the ferry going to the Statue of Liberty. All with diabetes. But I would like to change that. You can help.
Anything you can do to help the JDRF and myself find a cure will be greatly appreciated. No amount of money is too small, and any words of kindness or encouragement are worth more than people realize.
If you want to know more about me, check out my personal blog: http://www.jamietad.blogspot.com
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