Welcome to Cora's JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
As you may know, on April 15, 2013 our precious baby girl was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. At the time, Cora was 19 months old and living like any normal toddler, with a few minor exceptions. On the days leading up to her diagnosis, we noticed that she began drinking an abundant amount of fluids and in turn, she started soaking many diapers in a day. She was waking up each morning drenched through her pajamas. After changing sippy cups and diaper brands, to no avail, we decided to take Cora to the pediatrician just to be sure. We thought they were going to tell us that we were crazy, over-protective parents of a toddler and send us on our way. Quite the opposite, they immediately sent us to CHOP (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia). We will never forget the ride to the hospital. We still thought this was a precaution. They were going to double check her and send us on our way.
We walked into a very over-crowded emergency room at 1:30 in the afternoon. We signed in and to much surprise they took us right back. Cora was diagnosed with Type 1 by 4:00 pm and admitted by 6:00pm. You could have knocked us over with a feather. We sat and watched this beautiful baby girl entertain every person who entered her room and every person she met along her travels through the hallways of the ER. She didn't look sick and she didn't act sick. She was as "perfect" as ever!
The information we would learn in the next four days at CHOP was a million things. It was, of course, informative, it was educational, it was detailed, specific, intense, over-whelming, and abundant; just to name a few. Cora Lavin, our sweet baby girl, was "sweeter" then we ever could have imagined. Cora Lavin was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes (Juvenile Diabetes).
Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin - a hormone essential to the ability to get energy from food. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. It cannot be prevented and there is no cure.
Cora has been doing well since her diagnosis. We are learning each and everyday about this disease and how to manage it. Cora is weeks away from getting her very first insulin pump. We are very excited about this! This will help us administer the proper amounts of insulin to such a little girl.
JDRF is the largest nongovernmental funder of T1D research and the only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight T1D. This science is complex and costly, and every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward research comes from donors like you.
Please support us and donate to Cora's Walk fundraising campaign. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible today?
Thank you for your support!
Bob, Tricia, Justin, & Cora Lavin Ayres
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