Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
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. 85% of those living with T1D are adults. I am one of them. I have had T1D for 20 years. I work hard every day to keep myself healthy and able to participate fully in work and play. But there are days when it is very hard to control my blood sugar. I can do everything that I am supposed to, but for some reason unknown to me at the time, my blood sugars are high or low. And I have to make the adjustment and guess at the solution. This usually results in me riding a rollercoaster of up and down blood sugars. Every low is a risk of passing out or going into a coma. Every high increases the risk of long term complications like blindness, kidney failure, heart disease and amputations. To say that this is stressful is an understatement. And, I have only begun to realize the toll it takes on my husband Scott, who sometimes wakes me up at night to make sure I am breathing.
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. What I really like about JDRF is that they are not only looking for a cure or prevention, but are investing research dollars into ways to make living with diabetes, which is so hard sometimes, a bit more manageable. The research I am most excited about is connecting the pump to a continuous glucose monitor, with programmed algorithms which will adjust for abnormal blood sugars. They call it an artificial pancreas. Those T1Ds that are participating in the trials get emotional talking about being free from the constant burden of thinking about their blood sugars. Frankly, I get a lump in my throat when I think about it. I believe this solution is real and can happen in my lifetime.
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, including me. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible today?
Thank you for your support!
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