Dear Family & Friends,
We are truly humbled by the outpouring of support that you so generously have shown from year to year in our dream of finding a cure for Libby, Jonesy and all those who suffer from Type 1 Diabetes. Our goal is to stop Type 1 Diabetes in its tracks by finding a CURE!!!! While we are thrilled that technology has advanced significantly since 2005 when Libby was diagnosed, we must find a CURE!!!
Many of you know why we participate in the Walk. For those of you who do not, Jonesy was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes (or Type 1 Diabetes) in 1987 and Libby (now 10 years old) was diagnosed at 25 months. They both use insulin pumps, glucose monitors and carb-counting everyday to stay alive and the daily regimen is both tiring and unyielding. This disease demands one’s attention 24 hours a day in order to stay healthy and alive. Jonesy and Libby check their blood sugar levels by pricking their fingers 10-12 times a day and take insulin every time they eat anything. Insulin is what keeps them alive, but it is not a cure and, over time, diabetes takes an enormous toll on the body and often leads to serious complications.
While the daily routine is demanding and laborious, a major concern is the long-term complications that this disease causes. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, adult blindness and non-traumatic amputations and is one of the leading causes of nerve damage, stroke and heart attacks. Diabetes is the most costly chronic disease in the U.S., kills one American every three minutes and is the sixth leading cause of death reported in the U.S.
After 26 years of living with diabetes, Jonesy has early-stage diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of blindness in American adults. It is extremely difficult for us to face that when Libby is only in her early 20’s she could start suffering from complications. This is why we need to find a cure SOON. For the first time, researchers are predicting that a cure is within reach in our lifetime, and raising the money needed to fund this research is our only hope to accomplish this.
We are asking for your help and support again this year as we Walk to Cure Diabetes on Sunday, October 27th at the Art Museum Steps in Philadelphia at 9:30 AM. We have set an aggressive goal of raising $30,000 and 100 Walkers. There are two ways that you can help us meet our goal of raising $30,000 for research to find a cure:
1. Make a donation: either online by going to LibbysLocomotion and searching for “Libby’s Locomotion”, or by sending a check made out to JDRF in the self addressed envelope provided or to the address shown at the top of this letter.
2. Ask others to donate by forwarding this letter: the more people we can get this letter to the better. Also, many businesses will support causes like this, if only someone will ask them!
We would also love to have you join our team the day of the Walk on West River Drive. To register for the Walk, please go to and register as a member of “Libby’s Locomotion”. It is important that if you are planning to Walk, you register under our team name because the number of people we have registered is tracked and is part of the competition.
With your help, we know that the 2013 Walk will be a huge success and that a cure is right around the corner for Libby, Jonesy and the more than 246 million people worldwide that suffer from diabetes.
Many, many thanks!!
Lisi & Jonesy Lerch
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