Hello! As many of you know, my husband Jack was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (T1D) at the age of 9. He has managed this disease through diligently monitoring his blood sugar levels, and watching his diet, exercise and stress levels. A change to any of these factors can wreak havoc on his blood sugar levels and his physical and mental health. As he's gotten older, he's experienced nerve damage and worries about his kidney function. The side effects of this disease compound with age; no "treatment" has been found to beat the disease, but scientists are making progress toward the ultimate goal -- a CURE!
This year, my family will be taking part in JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes, along with my company, Eide Bailly LLP, and a half-million others nationwide. JDRF is the leading global organization focused on research for T1D. I'm asking you to help support our fundraising efforts with a donation. Your tax-deductible gift will help make a difference in the lives of people with T1D.
T1D is an autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. The disease can strike in childhood, adolescence, or adulthood, and lasts a lifetime. Just to survive, people with T1D must take multiple injections of insulin daily or continually infuse insulin through a pump. Taking insulin does not cure any type of diabetes, nor does it prevent the possibility of the disease's devastating effects: kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, amputation, heart attack, stroke, and pregnancy complications.
It is faster and easier than ever to donate to JDRF. Donations can be made online to the Eide Bailly team or to any participant. If you prefer, you can mail your gift check to me. Please make the check out to JDRF and include the walkers' name (or Eide Bailly) in the "Memo" section.
Any amount, great or small, helps JDRF get closer to its goal to accelerate progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. More than 80 percent of JDRF's expenditures directly support T1D research or research-related education. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered.