As some of you may know, my 10-year-old sister, Elizabeth, lives with Type 1 Diabetes (Juvenile Diabetes), or T1D.
She will be taking part in this years walk to raise funds to improve the lives of all people affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). If you ask people with T1D, they will tell you it is difficult and life threatening. And they know it never goes away.
What exactly is Juvenile Diabetes all about? T1D is an autoimmune disease where the body?s immune system attacks the insulin producing cells of the pancreas. This attack left Elizabeth completely dependent on manual injection of insulin in order for her body to process carbohydrates. Each day this means 4-8 insulin shots and 8-12 finger sticks to test her blood sugar. Her day also means a specialized school schedule, monitoring everything she eats and drinks, counting carbs, and the list goes on and on.
Despite the constant challenge, Elizabeth continues to have a wonderful spirit and takes everything in stride.
While she maintains this positive outlook, Elizabeths battle with this debilitating disease will last her entire life. Insulin is not a cure, it is merely life support. Elizabeth will NOT outgrow this disease; she will have it every day for the rest of her life until a cure is found. On average diabetes shortens lifespan by 15 years. It is this reality that spurs my family's passionate commitment to fundraising on behalf of JDRF!
JDRF is the leading non-government funder of type 1 diabetes research. In a typical year, more than 80% of JDRF?s expenditures directly support research and research-related education. Since 1970, JDRF has provided more than $1.6 billion to diabetes research worldwide. That is why we have decided to join JDRF and help find a cure for diabetes.
I am asking for your support. Please donate to my personal fundraising efforts. By doing so, you can help me make a difference for my little sister and millions of people living with type 1 diabetes.
Thank you for your support!
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Dr. Carl Knight IV
Ms. Amy Nguyen
Ms. Anne Lannan
Ms. Charli Hogan
Ms. Jessica Anderson