Hi again everyone! We are 10 days away from our 3rd JDRF Walk for the Cure and our fundraising is coming along!! We still need around $4,000 so anyone that can sponsor Zack, even it if's just $5 - we'd appreciate it so much!!!! Here's an update on how he's doing and what's going on in the diabetes research world:
The last year with us has been just as busy and crazy as ever, but all good stuff, that's for sure. Zack is growing like a weed, is now in 3rd grade and is playing football, baseball and basketball in his spare time. His diabetes management is going well - he's such a champ with dealing with everything. It's certainly not going to stand in his way of having a great life! While there still isn't a cure, lots of progress is being made in finding a cure and also in finding better ways for him to take care of himself and manage the disease. Let me tell you about a few of the things that are on the horizon:
- We are about 2 years away from having an artificial pancreas approved and on the market. This device will consist of a pump that is inserted under the skin with a catheter-like port, a continuous glucose monitor, also inserted under the skin, and software that will be "driven" by a cell phone application. I know, wild! While this will take most all of the guess work out of counting carbs, determining insulin amounts, knowing constant blood sugar levels, etc, it will still require 2 needle based devices to be worn on the body, something Zack is just really adverse to.
- We are also a few years away from beta cell "hiding", which I'm personally SUPER excited about! This method consists of a medication that "hides" the beta cells (which produce insulin) from the body's antibodies so that those insulin producing cells are allowed to live and do what they are supposed to do: produce insulin. Wala!!! CURED, by the glories of science!!!!
- Smart insulin is also on its way!! This is a type of insulin that a diabetic will take via 1 shot, they are expecting, on a weekly basis. The medicine stays in the body for approx 7 days and the body only uses what it needs, as it needs it. The difficult part here is determining what amount of insulin would be correct to use for that weekly shot as it varies by person, by meal, by activity level, by climate, etc. And I can't help but wonder about the side effects that having a "lingering" medicine in the body could cause. Not quite as excited about this one myself.
And, there are also lots of other improvements being made with testing supplies such as meters that require less and less amounts of blood which mean smaller needles, which makes Zack VERY happy. All of these advancements require money - that's why I'm writing to you today and, again, asking for your help.
While we feel like we are "old pros" at managing Zack's condition now, it's still something that NEVER goes away. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, while we sleep, while we work, while we play, when we are at church, when we are at home, when we are on vacation, it's always, always there. We're determined to be a part of the "fix" for this disease so that our baby boy doesn't have to deal with the stuff that he has to today. Since Zack's diagnosis July of 2009, he has had approximately 7,300 needle pricks. I can't even imagine having that many and I watch him get 90% of them. That number is made up of 4,380 blood sugar checks and 2,920 shots of insulin. My friends, that is A LOT for anyone to endure, especially when you're only 9. But with this too, I'm seeing such great character emerge from Zack as he grows up and becomes a young man. We are all filled with hope that a cure is in his near future. But it's gonna take money to get us there.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) continues to be the #1 non-profit funder of diabetes research worldwide and we continue to be an active part of their team! I'm again chairing the Walk For The Cure here at Bicentennial Park in Nashville on September 24th. Last year we raised over $500,000 from this one event and we have to do it again this year!! Last year our personal team, Zack's Tracks, raised over $8,000. Our goal this year is $10,000! How can you help you ask? By sponsoring Zack and Zack's Tracks in this year's JDRF Walk for the Cure. You can make your tax deductible donation online via credit card at www.jdrf.org. Click on DONATE on the right hand side of the screen. Click on "Donate to a Walker". Under "Donate to a Walker", search for Zack's Tracks in Tennessee. Click on Zack's name and you can make your donation on the next page where it says Donate to Zack. Or you can mail Zack a check payable to JDRF - our address is 1709 Overcheck Lane, Brentwood, TN 37027. Please return all contributions to us by October 15th, 2010.
And even better - join our Zack's Tracks team and walk with us on September 24th at the Bicentennial Mall in downtown Nashville! We would love to have all of you here representing Zack!! We're hoping to have 100 people out that Saturday to walk with our team alone - SO EXCITING! To join our team, simply log on to www.jdrf.org, follow the donation steps above and click on "Join This Team". All team members are asked to raise $100 minimum and this will qualify you for the free 2010 JDRF Walk for the Cure t-shirt!
So there you have it. I"m back again this year, asking you for money again and again, any amount will help. Feel free to reach out to your own circle of family and friends too. Have them sponsor you if you come walk with us! Please consider sponsoring Zack and being a part of finding the cure for diabetes. We love each and every one of you so much and are so grateful for the never ending support and love that we get back. You all mean the world to us!! Thank you so much!!!
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