Welcome Friends and Family to our JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes team page!
I am writing to invite you to participate in the 2013 JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes on Saturday, Sept. 28th at the Bicentennial Mall in Nashville. Malcolm, Jackson and I are joining with other friends and family members this year to help raise awareness and money for a cure for Type 1 diabetes, a disease that usually targets the young from birth on up.
Thanks in large part to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), and those who support its goals, individuals diagnosed with this disease today have a better chance of living longer with fewer devastating complications. With the advent of major technological devices, and dedication on the part of those with the disease, as well as those who care for them, a child diagnosed today has hope of not being struck with early kidney failure, blindness, limb amputation and early heart failure. When I was diagnosed 35 years ago, my parents were told to expect at least a 15-yr. shorter lifespan due to such complications. There was little hope for a cure in my lifetime, and managing with the means then available was difficult. Management today, however, continues to depend on multiple daily finger pricks to test blood sugars, multiple shots a day or use of an insulin pump attached to the body to deliver the necessary amount of insulin before consuming carbohydrates. Control still requires the counting and calculation of each carbohydrate. Today, unlike 35 years ago, progress towards a cure is being made daily in large part due to the support of friends and family working through JDRF.
Although great progress is being made, when my 4-yr. old niece Parker was diagnosed in 2012, the 6 year old daughter of the Michelsons this year and 11-yr. old son of the Kinsers just in the past month, my heart sank. I had to do more to help them and others faced with this tough disease. I do not want them to have to live the rest of their lives impacted with Type 1 diabetes.
Research results indicate that a cure is close at hand. Through multiple fund raising efforts that JDRF hosts across the country and the world like The Walk to Cure, funds are being raised for additional research to reach that goal.
We hope you will be able to join our family for walk day on September 28, at 8:30am at the Bicentennial Mall. We are creating “Heroes for a Cure” team walk shirts (Jackson's idea for a super hero theme) so we’ll need to know your shirt size if you are planning on walking with us. To join, just click on the "Join this Team" button above to register to walk and/or to make a donation.
Thank you for your support in helping us to make Type 1 diabetes the Type None disease in our lifetimes!
Pam, Malcolm and Jackson
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