Hello! 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.
James and I are writing you on behalf of Layla.
Layla was diagnosed with type 1 (juvenile) diabetes 4 years ago, at the age of 16 months. On July 4, 2009 she started to get sick, and from there it went downhill. In a period of three weeks she had lost 8 pounds. The last week she wouldn't eat, she just wanted to drink. On July 20th she was diagnosed and put into I.C.U.; after the ER doctor telling us her sugar was 1400 and "If it was any higher she could have been in a coma or died." I was mortified. We had already been to 2 other hospitals and they didn't do anything but physically look at her and tell us she's dehydrated. After being in the I.C.U. for a week and learning how to deal with diabetes we now have to give her insulin and check her sugar about 7 times a day. Add it up- it equals out to about 3,500 finger pricks and even more for insulin shots. In addition to her rigorous blood testing, ketone testing, and insulin shots, everything she consumes must be calculated and measured, and she even need to be checked while she sleeps and plays.
We are finally getting to a happy medium with her medicine and her sugars, but its an ongoing battle. Its frustrating but we work at keeping her sugar levels to a norm!! She will be insulin-dependent for the rest of her life. Layla is always a trooper and rarely complains. She actually tells you when she wants her sugar checked. Layla is now on a pump that helps regulate her sugar and gives it to her automatically which helps a lot, but it is not perfect and we have to stay on top of checking her sugars and carbs that she intakes. Layla continually amazes us with her positive attitude towards all of this and not knowing how to express herself.
Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, is a devastating disease that affects millions of people, a large and growing percentage of them children.
There is some good news, though. JDRF is our best hope for finding a cure. It funds more type 1 diabetes research than any other charity worldwide and it's making progress along many promising paths toward better treatments and a cure.
Now, more than ever, you can make a crucial difference. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible? Together, we can make the cure a reality!
Please understand, we are not trying to take money and waist it. We believe that it is an obtainable goal to work on finding a cure. We must do everything in our power to help find a cure for her. It?s our mission to avoid the heart and kidney disease, blindness, amputation, and early death that is a reality for many people with juvenile diabetes.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is the #1 non-profit funder of diabetes research worldwide. One of
JDRF?s largest fundraising event is the ?Walk to Cure Diabetes.? Each year since Layla was diagnosed, we have walked for her and have raised money towards this cause. Her team name is "Layla's Lifesavers." This year?s walk will be held on Saturday, October 19 @ 31& Oceanfront in Virginia Beach, VA!
If you are interested, there are three ways you can help us make a difference for Layla:
Thank you for helping our family team meet our goal of raising $300 this year. Thank you for your support and we
would be honored to see you at the Walk on October 19th!
James, Danette, Laura & Layla
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