As always, there is a lesson to be learned from nature. A well-coordinated team can attack any project, no matter how large, no matter how overwhelming. On Sunday, October 27th, we will once again gather Liz's Wolfpack with a goal of raising funds to help fund research for a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications.
Type 1, or juvenile, diabetes, is a devastating, often deadly disease that affects millions of people--a large and growing percentage of them children. I walk for and with my daughter Elizabeth, who was diagnosed in 2004, at age 11.
When Liz"s blood sugar is too high, she experiences vision problems that render her unable to read or watch TV for hours and leaves her with a horrendous headache. Blood sugar that becomes too low causes the loss of her swallowing reflex, trembling, stupor and loss of consciousness. The most horrific side effect of unstable sugar levels? Organ damage and death.
An average day has Liz pricking her fingers 6 to 12 times and injecting insulin between 4 to 6 times a day. If Liz's blood sugar drops too low while she is sleeping at night, she will never wake up.
Liz volunteers her time to speak with medical students at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine about her experience living with type 1 diabetes and how medical providers can improve their bedside manner. The opportunities seem limitless for an incredibly successful future for Liz. Unfortunately, there's a black cloud hanging over her head with the uncertainty of a life visited upon by early death, blindness, kidney failure, amputation, heart attack or stroke.
Many people think type 1 diabetes can be controlled by insulin, and while insulin does keep people with type 1 diabetes alive, it is NOT a cure. Aside from the daily challenges of living with type 1 diabetes, there are many severe, often fatal, complications caused by the disease. Juvenile Diabetes usually shortens the average life span by 15 years due to organs damaged by the disease.
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.
Juvenile Diabetes is an autoimmune disease and we are optimistic that identifying a cure for Juvenile Diabetes will also bring us closer to finding a cure for other autoimmune diseases that our loved ones' lives have been touched by, such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, and Grave's Disease, just to name a few.
YOU can make a crucial difference in the lives of so many. Please consider donating as generously as possible to Liz's Wolfpack team. Donations will be gladly accepted through December 31st.
I'm asking for your support because now more than ever, EACH of us can be a part of bringing about a cure. Each of us can make a real difference. I also ask for your support to show Liz that she's not in this alone, that there are people praying for her, and that we are all fighting to make the cure a reality.
-- A heartfelt THANK YOU for your prayers and support!Did you know that:
As the leader of the type 1 diabetes community, JDRF unifies global efforts to cure, treat and prevent T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible?
Thank you for your support!
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