Hello Family and Friends!
This picture of Charlie was on the front of a brochere given to each of our Congressmen this summer. The facts inside were astounding. 245 billion: Annual cost of diabetes to the U.S. economy in 2012. Health costs of diabetes are predicted to nearly triple in the next 25 years. 32% of the Medicare budget is spent on people with diabetes. One in three adults in the U.S.could have diabetes if current trend continues. There was a 23% increase in the prevalence of T1D in people under age 20 between 2001-2009. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease and blindness in working age adults and in amputations unrelated to accidents. Charlie and Jordan told their story to Senators Cornyn and Cruz, and to Representative Culberson. Charlie was one of the youngest there, and we were so proud of him! The other picture was also taken in Washington DC during the Children's Congress.
At home, Charlie is now enrolled in Pre-Kindergarten and loves it. He is a good swimmer. He is a great brother to Tommy. He's smart as a whip. We love every minute with him (and our other three grandchildren).
Be sure to watch the 2013 video created by Charlie's PopPop Amis, another ardent JDRF supporter. Finally we invite you to walk with us either in Houston at Reliant Stadium on October 26th or in Austin at the Domain on October 27th. Donate and sign up as a walker on either my team or Jordan's. Or sign up as a team member and encourage your friends to be part of Charlie's Angels. Or just donate, take a tax deduction, and skip the walk! Be a virtual walker! We just want that cure, and unfortunately we know it will take years and lots of research and money. This cannot be a MISSION IMPOSSIBLE!
Karen and Tom Gentry
2013 video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOTB2tbkWVw
2012 video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmqDTgMMuv0
2011 video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkBqeP67vVw
2009 Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16N7H-cPdYM&feature=related
2010 Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XNCHiJz6aM&feature=related
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Diana & Sam Self
Jill, Robb, Juliana and Giselle Leandro
Michael and Jane Davis
Mr. Phil Daily
Mrs. Karen Kee Gentry