Hey! 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 $89 million. This is my thirteenth year walking! Thanks to many of you, I've been able to raise almost $12,000 for JDRF!
In the past few years, we've lost two loved ones who suffered from this disease. This year's Walk will be done in memory of my step-father, Joseph Russell, who passed away October 8th, 2010 and Harold Brown, June 18th, 2012. Brown + Russell = BRussel Sprouts!
You probably know that I have family members, as well as friends, who suffer from both types of diabetes. My older brother and cousin were diagnosed over 25 years ago as children, and another cousin was diagnosed within the last 10 years. As my nieces, nephews, baby cousins, and my own son are getting older, this becomes more of a concern - we'd like to find a cure for this disease before anyone else we love has to suffer from it.
Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, is a devastating disease that affects millions of people, a large and growing percentage of them children.
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.
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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