Welcome to our JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes team page!
Hi my name is Maranda Jo I was diagnosed at age 4 with Type 1 Diabetes.
When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. As cliche and overused as it may seem, this is my life motto. Basically I took something sour and made it sweet. A great example is when I was diagnosed. It all started when I was about 4 years old, I was about to graduate pre school when out of the blue I developed a nasty stomach virus. My parents thought it was just a bug, but after I started breathing heavily and shallow, they drove me straight to the hospital. There they checked my blood sugar and it was over 1000! A non diabetic person should be 60 to 100. I should have been unconscious. All I remember from there is I was driven in an ambulance with my mom to CHOP (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia) why they call it CHOP is beyond me! I mean, why would a kid want to go anywhere named CHOP! I spent a week in the hospital and my parents, sister, and I learned how to manage my diabetes. There are obstacles at times, but I learned how to cope and deal with it.
Overall, I want to do whatever I can to help find a cure so other kids like me can lead normal lives.
We're taking steps to help JDRF progressively remove the impact of type 1 diabetes (T1D) from people's lives until no one has to fear developing this disease. By joining our Walk to Cure Diabetes team and making a donation to JDRF, you'll raise money to help fund critical T1D research and create a world without T1D.
Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. It cannot be prevented and there is no cure.
JDRF is the only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight T1D. Every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward research comes from donors like you.
The challenge we've set ourselves - to raise money for JDRF and to walk - is modest compared to the daily challenges of life with T1D, which involves a 24/7, unrelenting cycle of blood sugar testing and insulin injections to manage the disease.
Will you accept the challenge to make a difference by walking with us? Just click on the "Join this Team" button, make a donation, and start fundraising.
Thank you for your support, and we'll see you on Walk day!
|Maranda Jo Shinn||$250.00|
|Mary Ann Lynn||$120.00|
|Billie Jo Shinn||$100.00|
|Denotes a Team Captain|
Caroline, Sofia, and Antonio Oleaga
Mary Ann Lynn
Mr. Kevin Conroy
Mrs. Billie Jo Shinn
Mrs. Julia Stewart
The Liedtka Family
The Oehler Family