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 $106 million.
My son Jonathan was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at the age of 3. He is now 12 years old and we have been walking every year to raise money to find a cure to free him of this disease. Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, is a devastating disease that affects millions of people, a large and growing percentage of them children.
Jonathan is a very active child who plays football, basketball and baseball. He is now in 7th grade and is a very involved and social child as many of you who interact with him know. We are looking forward to a time when he will not have to check his blood sugar approximately 8 times a day or take injections before every meal or snack he eats. We don't want to have to worry about low blood sugars from his heavy sports activity or counting carbs for meals precisely to ensure that his sugar doesn't go too high. Jonathan wants more than anything to just live a normal life.
There is some good news, though. 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. This year we are walking on Sunday, October 27, 2012 at the Philadelphia Art Museum. Feel free to join us by registering to walk with our team!
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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Mrs. Mary ellen Piasta
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