Sara Wardner





  • 2010 Tyler's Team

    2010 Tyler's Team

Welcome to Sara Wardner's Personal Page

Hello to all our family and friends!

We are writing to you to ask for your support in a very special cause.  We can?t believe that we are preparing for our 5th Annual Walk to Cure Diabetes.  Tyler looks forward to ?Walk Day? because he sees many kids who are just like him.  For Tyler, Walk Day is a day where having diabetes is the norm.  

Tyler was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 4 in August 2007.  Unless a cure is found, he will be insulin dependent for the rest of his life.  His daily care must be kept on a tight regimen to maintain good health.  He bravely puts up with 6 insulin shots and 6-8 finger pokes daily to check his blood sugar levels.  Many times, he is pulled away from a fun activity, such as swimming or playing outside with friends, to check his number.  He also has to miss part of class at school to test his blood sugar.  Everything he consumes must be weighed or measured, and his blood sugar needs to be closely monitored while he sleeps and plays.  As you can see from the pictures, he is growing like crazy.


In July 2011, we were asked by Sanford Health Research if we would help make a video/commercial that would be aired during Minnesota Twins games on Fox Sports North.  Tyler was ecstatic so we accepted the offer.  The video is of the internationally known head researcher, Dr. Alex Rabinovitch explaining his goals for finding a cure.  Tyler is displayed playing outside and getting called away from play to test.  He is also shown being served a meal.  We were honored to help Sanford Health portray what Tyler?s daily life is like.  If you?d like to view the video, follow this link: and click on  ?A World Without Daily Insulin.


Many people think Type 1 diabetes can be controlled by insulin.  While insulin does keep people with type 1 diabetes alive, it is NOT a cure.  Aside from the daily challenges of living with type 1 diabetes, there are many severe complications caused by the disease.  The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is the #1 non-profit funder of diabetes research worldwide.  One of JDRF?s largest fundraising events is the ?Walk to Cure Diabetes.?  Each year since Tyler was diagnosed; we have formed a team named ?Tyler?s Team? and have raised money towards this cause.  In 2011, we raised over $3,000. Our biggest year yet!  We are so fortunate to have our family and friends? support.  This year the ?Walk? will be held on  Saturday, January 28 at the Empire Mall in Sioux Falls!


If you are able to donate, there are two ways to send your donation.

  • Mail a check payable to JDRF to our home address:45064 233rd St, Madison SD 57042
  • Visit the website: 


If anyone is interested in joining us on Walk Day, please let us know or register at JDRF Walk Central:

Thank you for helping our family team meet our walk goal this year.  Thanks in advance for your support.



The Wardners

Dan, Sara, Tyler and Logan

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Date and time

January 25, 2014
Registration: 7:30 AM
Starts: 9:00 AM
Length of walk: 45 min.-no set distance


Sanford Research Center
2301 E 60th St. N
Sioux Falls, SD 57104



Tammy Beintema
(605) 312-6438

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