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 $89 million. I am walking to support this research because of my nephew, John, who was diagnosed last October at the age of 8.
Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, is a devastating disease that affects millions of people,and is not the result of poor diet or bad habits. It results from an autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks its own pancreas, and destroys the beta cells. The body can no longer produce insulin, which is required for life. No food, no matter how healthy can be used by a person without insulin. Therefore, people with type one diabetes must resign themselves to a lifetime of finger sticks and injections, with each meal and at night. For my nephew, this also includes before and after gym (exercise). When he was hospitalized his mom (my twin) all but promised him better treatments before college and a possible cure in his lifetime. I am trying to help her keep this idea alive.
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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