Dear Family and Friends,
You're probably wondering to yourself A) how did Kendall learn to type so well and B) why is she writing me a letter. The answer to A will remain a secret. The answer to B is that I'd really like your help finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes; a very serious condition my four year old sister Parker was recently diagnosed with.
On June 13th, I came home from camp to learn that my parents were taking Parker to the hospital. Needless to say, I was really, really scared. I found out the next day that she has Type 1 Diabetes. I knew a little bit about it because my Aunt Pam has it, but I had no idea how much it would change Parker's life.
It turns out we have something called a pancreas that regulates our blood sugar, but Parker's immune system has rendered hers ineffective. We have to prick her finger with a needle 5 or more times a day to test her blood sugar, and if that's not bad enough she gets a minimum of four insulin shots each day. She's been a real trooper through all of it. Sometimes she lets me help her with some of the testing and shots, and you should see her prick her own finger to test herself. She is an inspiration, and we can all learn a lot from Parker about joyfully dealing with life's setbacks.
After her first three weeks living with Diabetes, Parker asked a question I had been wondering myself, "How much longer am I going to have Diabetes?" I watched Dad choke back some tears and then tell Parker, "It is something you will have to live with until they find a cure." And that's why I'm writing this letter and where you come in. Insulin and regular blood testing will keep her alive, but it's not a cure and it does not totally prevent the complications that come with Diabetes; kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, amputations, heart attack and stroke.
I am hoping that you will help me find a cure for my sister by making a donationto JDRF in support of "Parker's Walkers" and our upcoming Austin Walk to Cure Diabetes. And if you happen to be in Austin on the morning of October 30th and feel like joining Parker, me and 4000 of our closest friends at Mueller Lake Park, we'd love for you to come and walk with us. More details about the walk in Austin can be found on this website, and you can click here to find out more about JDRF, the promising research they fund and the disease that afflicts Parker and millions of others.
I thank you for the prayers, kind words and donations. I know that together we can help find a cure for my sister.
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Becca and Scott Siegel
Malcolm & Donna Wheeler
The Curtis Family