Hello! If you found your way here, you probably know my name is Clifford Swoape. You may not know that I have a very special reason for participating in this JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes; one of my daughters, Ashley, has been a Type 1 diabetic over 7 years.
We have been part of Walks before, however, we always opted to join community or civic group teams. Our family is very active in the Lions Club, and since diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in the U.S., Lions have been actively battling diabetes for a long time. This year, though, Ashley asked if she could have a family team of her own, and she named it "Ashley's Army." You see, the job she wants to pursue is being a nurse in the U.S. Army. As a parent, my first thought was that they might not even let her join the Army with Type 1 diabetes. I mean it IS a little more serious than flat feet. However, like most parents of Type 1 diabetics, I have also worked hard to instill a sense of possibility in my children. So...Lions, Lionesses, Leos, and more...we are Ashley's Army and I will be proud to walk alongside my daughter as she follows in her grandfathers' footsteps to serve this great country. If the first step for that is on a street in Murfreesboro in October, then so be it.
Here's where you come in to the picture...we need your help too!!! We need all of the team members we can get, so if you can walk or raise money to help us, we invite you to join Ashley's Army. We also need to raise as much money as we can so that we can wipe diabetes off of the face of the earth. We know times are hard, but we would greatly appreciate anything that you or your family could contribute.
We are part of a larger army of one-half million other walkers across the country, as we try to reach our goal of raising $89 million. JDRF is our best hope for finding a cure. It funds more Type 1 diabetes research than any other charity worldwide and it's making progress along many promising paths toward better treatments and a cure.
Now, more than ever, you can make a crucial difference. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible? Together, we can make the cure a reality! Please help my daughter realize a dream of protecting our country, by helping rid her of this disease. From a proud dad, comes to you a humble thanks.
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