Welcome to our JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes Team Page!
We are "Tara's Dreemerz" and we are going to make the "dreem" of finding a cure come true!!
Tara Christine was Dan and Jana Crumbliss' only child, and extremely special. She was adopted when she was 1 1/2 days old. And what an amazing Blessing from God she was to her parents and everyone who she ever met. Tara suffered with Type 1 Diabetes, since the age 4, almost 31 years. She developed severe Gastroparesis at the age of 16 and it became progressively worse, as did many other long term complications of Diabetes.
It is very important to us to keep up with the progress being made toward a cure. Things have come so far since Tara was first diagnosed in 1981. Doctors had just begun to use the Accu Chek Glucose Monotors in their Clinics. Tara was fortunate to be on the receiving end of anything new because her Diabetes Endocrinologist, Dr. George A. Burghen, seemed to get new products before anyone else.
Tara participated in many clinical trials throughout the years. She often teased that she was "a Diabetes Guinea Pig". Tara was a selfless young woman and willing to do anything to further research and to find a cure for Diabetes. Tara was the second participant to receive the Islet Cell Transplant at UT in 2002. She went several weeks without any need for insulin. Then she received the second Islet Cell Transplant and for a full nine weeks Tara required absolutely no insulin. Unfortunately, she contracted a very serious viral infection and the doctors had no option but to give her antibiotics, which in turn destroyed the Islets. However, she was and remains the youngest patient and one of the very few patients in the U.S. to ever have been "cured" of Diabetes, albeit short-lived.
Tara was blessed with a huge, loving, and compassionate heart and was willing to share that love with anyone. A dear friend asked of me; don?t you think that Tara was one of God?s Angels on earth? I of course agreed wholeheartedly.
Tara devoted herself to volunteering for many non profit organizations including; Memphis Center for Independent Living, Christ the King Youth Group, Special Olympics, Memphis in May, Camp Hopewell (a camp for young people with Diabetes), Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, American Diabetes Association, Memphis Autism Organization, Diabetic Rockstar, G-Pact, and many others.
We lost our precious Tara June 15, 2012, one month before her 35th birthday. She will be extremely missed by her family and friends. Tara will always be remembered for the love and joy she gave the world in her short but fully lived 34 years.
We are taking steps to help JDRF achieve its goal of improving the lives of all people affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D) by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. By joining our Walk Team and making a donation, you will be helping us to raise funds to directly support research with the greatest potential to conquer this disease.
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. We challenge ourselves to make a real difference in the lives of those with T1D.
Will you accept the challenge to make a difference by walking with us? All we need you to do is click on the "Join this Team" button, make a donation, and begin "dreeming" with us.
Thank you for your support, and remember Tara's last wish for us all is to "dreem" and keep dancing!!
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Your contribution and fundraising makes sure those with T1D live healthier lives today, and someday, a life free of T1D. Wyatt, a JDRF Youth Ambassador says:
Take the first step and be a hero to someone with T1D!