I'm raising money for my Walk to Cure Diabetes team - will you help? The money raised at this walk goes towards finding a cure for type 1 diabetes (an auto-immune disease). I'm a fundraiser, and raising money is what I do. But, never has raising money for an organization had such an incredible impact on me and the way I think about life.
I have the genuine privilege of working with kids and adults that have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. For those that don't know, let me clarify that difference between type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. They should be named two completely different diseases they are that different. Type 1 diabetes (T1D as we call it) is an auto-immune disease that has nothing to do with weight and exercise. T1D patients will live with the disease until there's a cure. They live every day juggling their insulin intake through shots or a pump, checking their sugar levels (12-25 times a day) and constantly thinking about what the next morsel of food will do to their body. The disease never rests. Ask a parent of a type 1 diabetic and they will tell you that they never sleep. They awake every 90 minutes throughout the night to check their child's sugar levels while they're sleeping for fear they could slip into a diabetic coma. These fears are real with even more real life altering complications.
Those living with T1D face a sobering reality that many of us wouldn't know how to handle. They are heroes. They are brave. They face neverending medical bills as insurance does not pay for insulin - the very thing that keeps a diabetic alive.
But, my job isn't sad, as most of the people I interact with everyday are driven. They refuse to allow the disease to define them. Instead, they educate themselves, they meet with their doctors, they contact drug reps and most importantly, they take care of themselves. They are committed to finding a cure for this disease that complicates their lives so much. You may know a type 1 diabetic or may know a friend of a friend of one. One thing is certain - they, along with their family, friends, neighbors and co-workers work tirelessly to find a cure. They volunteer their time to JDRF and they are the organization's biggest advocates. They will not rest until there is a cure. But, they can't do it alone.
How can you help? You can make a donation to my Walk to Cure Diabetes team after reading this letter!
In the United States alone, a new case of diabetes is diagnosed every 30 seconds, and more than 1.6 million people are diagnosed each year. The advances that JDRF is making through research isn't helping type 1 diabetics alone - the advances made in treatments will help all diabetics and other auto-immune diseases including MS, Chron's and Lupus. Take 30 seconds to think of all of the people you know that live with diabetes each day. Imagine what finding a cure would do for them. Now, for the first time, scientists are predicting that we CAN expect to see a cure well within our lifetime. Imagine what your dollars can do for the future of diabetes care and treatments. Please help my team - your donation will make a HUGE difference!
As the leader of the type 1 diabetes community, JDRF unifies global efforts to cure, treat and prevent T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible?
Thank you for your support!
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