Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
Raising money to fight type 1 diabetes (T1D) is important to me because I lost a Rhodes College friend and soccer teammate named Adah Laura Coultas in 2008. I was engaged that year and the minute before walking into an engagement party, got the news that Laura had slipped away in her sleep after her dad's surprise birthday dinner with her family. She had already planned to come to my wedding, we had already planned to celebrate her birthday the night before my wedding of April 12, 2008. For her to be, just gone, and not able to be there for anything more was shocking and heart-wrenching. I think of Laura so often and wish she was here to enjoy life and the friendships that our fundraising group "Adah's Rhodesters" have grown from our college days, to our careers, to marriages, and babies.
I'll be taking part in this year's Walk to raise funds not only for Laura, but for the millions of people living with and affected by T1D. The money I raise will help JDRF fund critical research to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people's lives until no one has to fear developing the disease and we do not have to deeply miss more people such as Laura.
Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin - a hormone essential to the ability to get energy from food. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. It cannot be prevented and there is no cure.
JDRF is the largest nongovernmental funder of T1D research and the only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight T1D. This science is complex and costly, and every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward research comes from donors like you.
Please support me and donate to my Walk fundraising campaign. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible today?
Thank you for your support!
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