When Raima was born we never imagined that her own immune system would one day turn on her, destroying all of the insulin producing cells in her body. Raima was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes January 27, 2013. This diagnosis has changed her life and ours. T1D has taken away her freedom; she is forever attached to her blood sugar monitor and 3 insulin shots a day to keep her alive. She gets 5 to 6 pokes a day, since her diagnosis she has already been poked 1,440 times in just the last eight months. Yet through this all she looks like a normal, healthy, playful child on the outside. Raima is our Hero! Her sister thinks Raima has super powers to endure it all with a smile.
T1D is the second most common chronic disease in America; it affects 1 in 600 children. In these children, diabetes does not sleep when they sleep, it does not go on vacation when they do, it does not rest when they play with their friends and it does not stay home when they go to school. It is a constant battle against a disease that we can only try to control. We strongly believe that this is all a temporary battle and one day in Raima’s near future there will be a CURE. Until then we are determined to not let this disease take her eyes, her limbs, her kidney and her heart. THIS IS WHY WE WALK TO CURE DIABETES!
This year's Walk takes place on October 26, 2013, and I'm writing to ask for your support. By raising money for critically needed research, EACH of us can make a real difference in the lives of people with T1D. Please join my team, make a donation and begin fundraising. It's simple, fast and fun!
Visit my team page (Team Raima) to register and join my team! Once you register, you’ll find fundraising tips and tools in your Participant Center. Plus, I will be your coach to answer any questions you may have. You can be virtual walker if you can't be Houston with us on October 26, 2013.
If you are unable to join my team, please consider making an online donation. My team fundraising goal is to raise as much as possible and with your support, I know we'll make Type 1 Diabetes history. Donating online is quick, easy and secure! However, if you prefer, you can mail your contribution to the address listed below. Make your gift payable to JDRF, and please put Team Raima in the memo field.
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1996 Trust Maheshwary Family
From Big Brother Rohan to Little Sister Raima
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