Welcome to our personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
We will be taking part in this year's Walk to raise funds for the millions of people living with and affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). The money we raise will help JDRF fund critical research to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people's lives until no one has to fear developing the disease.
Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin - a hormone essential to the ability to get energy from food. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. It cannot be prevented and there is no cure.
Our family has been living with Type 1 Diabetes for almost 11 years now. Does it get easier? Yes, and no. Ethan manages a lot of his diabetes on his own now, changing sites, checking his finger, bolusing for food and paying close attention to how he feels throughout each and every day. We are sooooo proud of him and he has come so far! However, we have found after all these years, that we still have to be on our toes and pay close attention to all the signs of highs and lows, maybe even more so now that Ethan is always on the go and involved in sports. It’s frustrating when you want to give your all to a sport, but your body won’t let you. In June, Ethan had a seizure due to over exertion from playing with a more competitive basketball league. He didn’t even know it was coming on. Luckily, we were there to help him through it. The first question Ethan asked after he came out of it was, “Do I get to go to basketball practice?”. We obviously encourage Ethan to try everything and to do anything he sets his heart and mind to, but diabetes is always there!
In August Ethan and his friend Tyson (also T1D) attended the Texas Lion’s Camp in Kerrville for an entire week. This was HUGE for ALL of us. Surprisingly, the hardest part of leaving Ethan, wasn’t leaving him (because he was really ready for this), but leaving him without all of his medical equipment. I made Christopher stop the car as we were pulling away and I jumped out to ask a camp counselor, “Are you sure we don’t leave the camper’s meter, insulin, pump supplies, glucagon or juice with the camper?!!!” Needless to say, the camp was amazing and prepared with all the medical equipment the children would need. The other hard part was going to bed the first night and walking to the alarm clock and realizing we don’t have to set it tonight. We’ve only set the alarm clock every night for 2am for ten years and five months. At this point, Christopher and I just looked at each other and hoped and prayed that Ethan was in good hands and would be ok through the night…and he was. Ethan and Tyson had the most amazing time and want to go again next summer. The Lion’s Camp has two weeks dedicated to just Type 1 Diabetics. We are so thankful that there is a camp that has doctors, nurses and amazing camp counselors that provide a fun and safe camp experience for our kids!
Every day presents new challenges, but we stay positive and work hard to be prepared to keep Ethan safe. Please support Ethan and donate to our Walk fundraising campaign. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this life-threatening disease. We hope you will join us on walk day, Sunday, Oct. 27th at the Domain at 11am. Wear your Wild About A Cure t-shirt. If you need a shirt, please e-mail your size to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept. 20th. We will most likely be able to get a few more shirts to cover any new walkers! Register you and your family and we hope to see you on the 27th!
Thank you for your support,
Chris, Kimberly, Ethan and Abby
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