Hello! This year, I'll be taking part in JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes, along with one-half million other walkers across the country, as we try to reach our goal of raising $89 million.
This is a very personal disease to us. Our neice Avery is a Type I diabetic. Please read below to see her story.
As most of you know on November 30th, 2009 Avery was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes ? type 1, which means that she will be insulin dependent for the rest of her life unless there is a cure. Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease, meaning her immune system attacks and kills the insulin-producing cells in her pancreas, and it is no longer able to produce the insulin she needs to survive. This disease carries with it the risk of life-threatening complications and there is no cure.
Approximately a year ago we introduced an insulin pump into Avery?s life. An insulin pump is a cell phone sized machine that is always connected to Avery and administers insulin. Instead of up to 5-7 shots a day, we must inject her pump site every few days. We program the device and must enter in carbohydrates as she eats so that it releases the proper amount of insulin at that time. This has helped us to more closely monitor the amount of insulin given and has cut down on the number of shots each day. Avery does still run into obstacles and is still required to constantly check her blood sugar levels by pricking her finger and drawing blood at least 5 times per day. At the age of 4, diabetes is part of Avery?s everyday life. At the date of this letter Avery has endured over 3,000 finger pricks to check her blood sugar, 1200 insulin shots, and 135 insulin pump site changes. 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 30, 2011, Avery?s Animals will participate in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation?s (JDRF) Walk to Cure Diabetes in hopes of raising money to cure type 1 diabetes. We would love for you to join Avery?s Animals 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 Avery and the approximately 30,000 others diagnosed annually.
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