I walked into the prekindergarten classroom in September of 2012 and noticed an adorable little girl (one among many other precious children), with beautiful brown eyes, chubby little cheeks and a contagious smile. A few months later, in February 2013, this beautiful little girl was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. This began a special relationship between myself, as her school nurse, and Grace. At first I was concerned about how my medical role in Grace's life would impact our relationship. Would she be afraid of me? Hate coming to my office? I had no clue that it would actually be the opposite situation. She enters my office several times a day to be pricked or prodded ... always with a huge smile, mischief in her eyes and a skip in her walk. What a blessing she adds to my day! Imagine a 4 year old handling this new challenge better than many adults could do.
I'll be taking part in this year's Walk to raise funds for the millions of people living with and affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). The money I raise will help JDRF fund critical research to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people's lives until no one has to fear developing the disease.
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.
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 me and donate to my 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!
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