Dear Friends and Family,
Hello! We hope everyone has had a wonderful summer! We’re writing today to let you know that our family will once again be participating in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes on Saturday, September 28th at Bicentennial Capitol Mall in honor of our beautiful and courageous 9 year old daughter Allie.
Allie was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) on May 19th, 2009 at the age of 5. This was a day that changed our lives forever. As a parent you can never prepare yourself for the day that the doctor tells you that your precious child, who was healthy, has a chronic autoimmune disease that she will never outgrow. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system attacks the insulin producing cells of the pancreas. This attack left Allie completely dependent on injection of insulin in order for her body to process carbohydrates.
Allie is accustomed to the daily management that helps control her diabetes, which includes 4-8 needle injections of insulin and 10+ finger sticks to check her blood sugar levels. We determine the amount of insulin she is given based on the total grams of carbohydrates that she will eat, along with her current blood sugar and activity level. The biggest challenges are the side effects of insulin, which cause “low blood sugars” from too much insulin or “high blood sugars” from not enough insulin, both of which can be life threatening. As a very active 9 year old, Allie must always be aware of her blood sugar levels at school, sports, activities, play dates and even throughout the night as she sleeps. Even though Allie takes it in stride and never complains, it is heartbreaking to know that she will have to manage this disease all day, every day, for the rest of her life.
There is good news, though. JDRF is our best hope for finding a cure. It funds more type 1 diabetes research than any other diabetes charity worldwide and it’s making progress along many promising paths towards better treatments and cures. Artificial pancreas systems and implanting newly created beta cells are two examples of the research funded by JDRF.
Please help our dream of a cure become a reality and here’s where you can help…
- Make a donation by clicking on the "Donate to Rob" button above.
- Please pass along the letter to your circle of friends and family to donate and invite them to join “Allie’s Gators” for the walk.
We are motivated by the courage and perseverance of those facing the everyday challenges of type 1 diabetes. They are the reason we challenge ourselves to give more, to do more, to achieve more.
JDRF Walk for Diabetes is a fantastic way to make a difference in Allie’s life, as well as the millions of lives affected by type 1 diabetes. The walk day is a day where Allie will be able to look around and see all the support she has from her friends, family and community. On walk day, everyone can have fun and celebrate together how much closer to a cure we are because of your support and efforts.
Please help us to bring us closer to finding a cure!
The Darr Family
Rob, Kelli, Christian and Allie
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