Once again this year, I'll be taking part in JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes, along with one-half million other walkers across the country, as we try to reach our goal of raising $89 million. This year marks my 32nd year with type 1 diabetes and this year I'll turn 40 two days after the Walk.
When you have type 1 diabetes, every day is a struggle. Every day. You are taxed with the responsibility of doing the job of an organ in your body. Every meal is measured, every activity taken with caution. Constant shots and blood sugars are the norm and even with tight control, sudden blood sugar spikes or drops are inevitable. Waking up in the morning means taking a mental inventory of your physical well-being and then preparing yourself mentally for another day of manually operating your body. Even for those who work very hard to take care of themselves, complications such as blindness, kidney disease, nerve damage and heart disease still occur.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation understands this and is working tirelessly to raise money to fund research for a cure and cure therapeutics. Help eradicate this disease and/or at least make it easier to live with for the millions of us who live with it every day.
In previous years, I've asked you to make a donation. Don't get me wrong, I want you to do that again this year. PLEASE! However, THIS YEAR, for my birthday, I WANT YOU TO DO MORE.
This year I want you to join my team. Visit: 4T1D and sign up to walk as part of Team 4T1D. Even if you're not in San Antonio - join the team. Send out e-mails to your friends and family and ask them to support you as a virtual walker. You CAN make a difference!! Also, please consider making that donation today.
Every little bit counts and I thank you in advance for your help!
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