Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
I'll never forget the day that doctors diagnosed my son, Trevor, with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). That day changed our lives forever. And that's why I'm walking with JDRF on September 28, 2013 - to help JDRF fund research that will progressively remove the impact of T1D from people's lives until it is no longer a threat to anyone. JDRF is the only global organization with a strategic plan to fight T1D.
The onset of T1D has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle, and there is nothing you can do to prevent it. At present, there is nothing you can do to get rid of it. People with T1D must manage the disease by injecting or pumping insulin several times a day, every day. But insulin is not a cure, and it does not prevent the possibility of serious complications like kidney failure, blindness, and stroke.
One of my childhood friends lost her eye-sight and kidneys to T1D, so I knew the realities of the situation when Trevor was diagnosed in December of 2000. He was only 8 years old and in 2nd grade. One of his classmates helped him adjust. She had had it since she was 2 years old. By the time Trevor finished elementary school (only 2 years later) there were 3 more students testing and injecting in the nurse's office at lunch every day. Just a couple of years ago, one of Trevor's first friends from preschool got his diagnosis just in time to go off to college. Then, on May 14th of this year, my cousin, Brian, who had suffered through kidney failure and amputation, lost his battle with T1D. The very next day, I got an e-mail from JDRF that the walk was getting underway. I talked with Brian's Mom, Diane, and we decided to form a team for Brian and Trevor and everyone battling this life altering and deadly disease.
Please consider making a donation or joining our team and help us raise money for continued research until a cure can be found. Helping the 3 million Americans that have T1D has never been simpler.
I want you to know that JDRF uses your gift with great fiscal care. More than 80 percent of JDRF's expenditures directly support research and research-related education. Past JDRF research efforts have helped to significantly improve the care of people with this disease, and have expanded the critical scientific understanding of T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered.
We greatly appreciate your consideration and support of this worthy cause. Even if you can't join us at the Walk, we appreciate any and all donations made to our fundraising efforts for JDRF.
If you have any questions or need any additional information, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Thank you for your support!
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