Friends & Family of the Tarr Family,
Someone recently said to me, “I don’t know how you deal with Nicole having diabetes”. Honestly there are days when I don’t know either, but just as with most difficult things in life, you do what you need to do. I can say though that if you have no dealings with this disease in your lifetime, count your blessings because you cannot even imagine how difficult it is.
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) has many misconceptions. First of all T1D is not something Nicole or any T1D will ever outgrow. Unless there is a cure it is something she will have to live with the rest of her life. Without a cure Nicole will continue to live her life with the constant daily stress of checking her blood sugar on average ten times a day, having her school day disrupted by having to go down to the nurse’s office sometimes several times a day, & getting insulin injections. And while this disease is somewhat manageable with insulin, it certainly does not make it any better. The emotional toll of telling your child she cannot go to that sleepover that all her friends are going to, or missing out on other fun events is just overwhelming at times. One of the most frustrating things that we are learning with this disease is that you can do everything by the book and it’s still not enough. Nicole has had five episodes of low blood sugar where she has passed out and gone into convulsions. There is nothing worse than seeing your child in that situation and feeling helpless.
The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D and to ultimately find a cure. The Walk to Cure Diabetes is their largest fundraiser and money raised helps to do many things but must importantly it awards research grants to the scientific community. Forbes Magazine named JDRF an “All-Star Charity” because for the walk specifically at least 90% of the money raised goes towards the mission/research.
As a parent I am pleading with you to help us find a cure for this disease. We are asking for your help and support. We will be walking at Philadelphia Art Museum Steps, Philadelphia, PA on October 27, 2013. Please go to the JDRF website: http://www2.jdrf.org/site/PageServer?pagename=walk_homepage and either donate to my name or our team name – Coley’s Crew. You can also send a check made payable to JDRF and mail it to me at 33 Pine St. Newtown Square, PA 19073. Please note that all donations are tax deductible. We would also love you to walk with us so please join our team if you are able to. We normally rent a bus to drive us down to the city and if you have walked before with us you know it is a good time for a great cause. People have asked me what they can do to help with the walk. If you own a company or work for one who makes charitable donations please pass this on. Please also ask your friends and family to donate or walk by forwarding this letter, the more people the better!
|Coley's Crew - Join Team||Raised|
|Anthony & Alisa Juliet D'Orazio||$0.00|
|Denotes a Team Captain|
Bill & Kath Boileau
Company Kleen Rite Corp
Company Tbj Of Newtown Square Llc
Dominic & Justine Valentino
Dr. & Mrs. Dominic Valentino
Jim & Theresa
Joan & Al Piscopo
Mom Mom & Pop Pop
Mr. Joseph Basquill
Mrs. Patricia A Moore
Ms. Cheryl A. Murphy
Ms. Linda Corpuz
Pam & EJ Dougherty
Ray & Elizabeth
Soft Credit - Culbertson Elementary School
Soft Credit - Fresh Market
The Govan Family
Tony, Ann, and Julia D'Orazio