Dear Family, Friends & Co-Workers,
I am writing to you on behalf of my 8 yr old daughter Amanda. On June 7th 2010 life threw us one of its curve balls. I took Amanda to her pediatrician because I had noticed some differences in her such as increased thirst, urination and bed-wetting. After visiting with her doctor and several tests, unfortunately she was diagnosed with juvenile (type 1) diabetes. So we immediately went straight to the pediatric endocrinologist office where we spent the next 4 hours while she received her care and I went through a rigorous education, trying to learn everything I could about taking care of Amanda in this new way of life.
I was completely caught off guard by Amanda's diagnosis and it changed our life forever. I would be lying if I didn't say that it was overwhelming and a very emotional time for us. There were (and still are at times) tears, grief and lots of worry. Over the last 2 years, we have adjusted to our new reality and we've moved on with our daily lives and schedules. This was very difficult for Amanda at first but she has grown to be nothing short of amazing in terms of acceptance, patience and courage. We are now required to constantly check her blood sugar levels by pricking her tiny fingers 4-5 times a day and also giving her 4-5 insulin shots per day. She must also maintain a tightly controlled diet and scheduled food intake. Doing this helps keep Amanda's blood sugars within a healthy range most of the time. Worst of all, this disease carries with it the risk of life-threatening complications.
As parents we try from the moment our children are born to protect them from any harm. We must do everything we can to help find a cure for this disease. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is the worldwide leader for research to cure type 1 diabetes. It sets the global agenda for diabetes research, and is the largest charitable funder and advocate of diabetes science worldwide. More than 80% of JDRF's expenditures directly support research and research-related education. This is why we have decided to join JDRF and help find a cure for diabetes.
On Sunday Oct 27, 2013, we will participate in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes at The Domain in Austin Tx. Please help us make a difference for Amanda and the millions of other children and adults living with diabetes. There are 3 ways you can participate:
-You can join our walk team, which consists of family, friends and co-workers who collect pledges and walk with us on Oct 27th.
- You can make an online contribution here on this website. Your online donation can be made by credit card and is also tax-deductible.
-You can send a tax-deductible contribution of any amount, made payable to the JDRF to our home address of 1309 Olympus Drive Austin Tx 78733.
Our family goal is to raise $3000.00 this year. Every dollar will help bring us one step closer to the cure. Thank you in advance for your support and we hope to see you at the Walk on Oct 27th.
Love, Jennifer Robideau
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