Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
Our sweet baby girl (okay, yes, she's 11, but still the baby!) was diagnosed with Type 1 just last November. After a week at home with what we thought was a mild stomach bug, she ended up in ICU at Children's Hospital and our journey began. The learning curve with this disease is huge and seems to never end. Being a teacher for 20 years and having kids in my class with diabetes, I thought I understood. I did not.
Type 1 never takes a day off. It doesn't care if you have a test. It doesn't care if you want to sleep late or sleep over. It doesn't care if you're on vacation. It doesn't care if it's your birthday. It demands your attention 24/7.
But it does not define us. I've stood back in awe as I've watched my fearless Emily face every obstacle head on and then some. She pushed herself past just getting by to going so far beyond. She will not let Type 1 win.
I'll 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 I 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.
JDRF is the largest nongovernmental funder of T1D research and the only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight T1D. This science is complex and costly, and every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward research comes from donors like you.
Please support me and donate to my Walk fundraising campaign. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible today?
Thank you for your support!
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