Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page! I'll be taking part in this year’s Walk to raise funds to improve the lives of all people affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). If you ask people with T1D, they will tell you it is difficult and life threatening. And they know it never goes away.
September 9th, 2005 was the worst day of my life. This was the day I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and I have been living with the disease ever since. Learning how to treat and manage diabetes in the beginning was extremely tough. At first, I gave shots for every meal/snack and pricked my finger about 15 times a day to test my blood sugar. After about a year, I began using an insulin pump that I use to give insulin. I now check my blood sugar about 6 times a day, but more often during sports games. It is a constant drag to have to check my blood sugar and give insulin every time I eat. The worst part about having diabetes is having high and low blood sugars. When my blood sugar is high I feel sluggish and I have a hard time focusing. When my blood sugar is low I feel weak, dizzy, and often times get a headache and feel nausea. Although living with diabetes is tough, I do not let it hold me back and I do everything that a person without the disease does. I am close to the top of my high school class as a junior, play on the Vandegrift varsity basketball team, am an officer of student council, and am an officer of the National Honor Society. Outside of school I enjoy hanging out with my friends as well as hunting and fishing. Thankfully, I have supporting family that helps me manage and deal with my diabetes. I hope and pray everyday that there will be a cure for this dreadful disease in my lifetime.
Now, with college approching, I have decided that I want to major in biomedical engineering and hope to make advances in diabetic technology and take part in stem cell research once I have acquired my degree. I hope to make a difference in my own life, as well as the millions of other people's lives with type one diabetes around the world.
I am asking for your support. Please donate to my personal fundraising efforts. By doing so, you can help me make a difference for millions of people living with type 1 diabetes. Join my team, PUMPed Up Chris, and come walk with me on October 27th at the Domain in Austin too show your support!
Did you know that:
As the leader of the type 1 diabetes community, JDRF unifies global efforts to cure, treat and prevent T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible?
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