Hello again Friends & Family,
What a year this has been!! We are writing you once again on behalf of our son, Gavin Giovanni, and the upcoming Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk to Cure Diabetes. We will be participating in the Walk to Cure Diabetes this year for the second time, and we hope that you would like to join Gavin's fight for a cure for Type 1 diabetes this year.
As most of you know on March 24, 2011 Gavin was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. TYPE 1 DIABETES??? Well type 1, which means that Gavin will be insulin dependent for the rest of his life unless there is a cure. Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease, meaning his immune system attacked and killed the insulin-producing cells in Gavin's pancreas, and it is no longer able to produce the insulin he needs to survive. This disease carries with it the risk of life-threatening complications and there is no cure.
Almost two years ago we introduced an insulin pump into Gavin's life. This is an AWESOME addition!! An insulin pump is basically a cell phone sized machine that will always be connected to Gavin and it administers his insulin. Instead of getting the 5-8 shots a day as previously was done, Gavin has his food or carbs he intakes, counted (yes COUNTED!) for every meal, snack, etc. Gavin was given an injection after each intake of food, certain drinks, or if he is running around playing like most 5 1/2 year olds generally do. Activity needs to be monitored because his body burns the insulin injected for meals and then some by exercising. With the insulin pump, we inject him with his pump site ONLY every few days. We have learned how to program the device and are entering in the carbohydrate amount as he eats so that it releases the proper amount of insulin at that time. This is extremely very helpful to us. We are able to more closely monitor the amount of insulin given and has cut down on the number of shots each day to almost none. Gavin runs into obstacles and is still required to constantly check his blood sugar levels by pricking his finger and drawing blood at least 8 times per day. At the age of 5 1/2, diabetes is part of Gavin's everyday life. At the date, Gavin has endured over 17,131 finger pricks to check his blood sugar, 2,112 insulin shots, and 357 pump site changes. Our family does not treat Gavin as a "sick" child because he just IS NOT one. However, he is special tous, he not only is our "baby" he is one of the toughest little boys we know. You know what they say... "The toughest battles are given to the SMALLEST solidiers". Gavin is OUR Type 1 Hero and OUR toughest solider. As you probably know, insulin is not a cure; it is merely a life support and for that reason we hope, pray, work, fight, and WALK for a cure for Type 1 diabetes.
On Sunday, October 27, 2012, Gavin's Shark Shiver will participate in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's (JDRF) Walk to Cure Diabetes in hopes of raising money to cure type 1 diabetes, along with one-half million other walkers across the country, as we try to reach our goal of raising $90 million. We would love for you to join Gavin's Shark Shiver (a shiver is a cool name for a group of sharks :) and Gavin LOVES sharks) in walking or raising money that will speed the cure for diabetes. Every walker, every donor, every dollar, brings us that much closer to finding a cure for Gavin and the approximately 30,000 others diagnosed annually.
As parents, we know we can't fix Gavin's diabetes, but we can fight it and we do so every single day with our hopes and prayers knowing that a cure will come one day in his lifetime.
Please join Gavin and be one of "Gavin's Shark Shiver" on Sunday, October 27 at the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes at The Domain in Austin Texas!
If you are interested in helping us find a cure for Gavin's diabetes there are 2 ways to help:
1. Make a donation
a. You can make a donation of any amount in Gavin's name that will help
"Gavin's Shark Shiver" exceed our goal by visiting our web page and clicking on the
"Donate to Gavin". All contributions go directly to JDRF and are 100% tax deductible. You may also, sponsor our team; help us purchase our T-shirts or back an employee donation if you own a business.
2. Join our walk team
a. You can join our team by clicking on the "Join My Team" link on our webpage.
b. By joining our team you agree that you and your family will join us to walk for the cure. Please sign up everyone that will be walking. This walk will be fun filled family morning with games, prizes, and snacks for everyone! This is TONS of fun.
c. Help us fundraise by forwarding this email! By doing so, you can forward our information along and help us to collect donations in Gavin's name.
To make a donation, join our team, or forward along our information, please visit our family team walk page online at:
We thank you very much and hope that you are able to join us in our fight. Please feel free to contact us by phone or email! Every dollar counts!!! No matter how big or small the amount donated; it is appreciated. We can't thank you enough for your support and hope to see you on Walk Day!
Gavin, Cierra, John-Anthony, Faith, and Senon Jr.
Now, more than ever, you can make a crucial difference. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible? Together, we can make the cure a reality!
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Mrs. Marcella Fuentes