Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
We'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), including our two beautiful daughters and our friend's sweet baby boy. The money we 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. As of today it is a forever disease. More people die from complications to diabetes than from AIDS and breast cancer combined.
Mackenzie was diagnosed September of 2012. She had lived more than a year without treatment for this chronic disease. Kayleigh was diagnosed in November 2012. We caught her condition more quickly due to the fact that we randomly checked her sugar, just in case.
This disease has rocked their world and impacted our entire family. Gone are the care free days of being just a child. Every bite of food that they put in their mouth requires a great deal of thought and planning, from counting the carbs to figuring out the insulin dose, and administering the insulin. Normal childhood activities, like playing outside, require forethought as well. Everything from the amount of physical activity to the weather can have huges impacts on their blood sugar levels.
When we leave the house we have to take a bag filled with medical supplies. Insulin, needles, syringes, treatment for lows, blood glucose meter, test strips, alcohol swabs, carb counting book, calculator, back up batteries, to name a few.
Nobody in the house sleeps through the night. Diabetes certainly does not sleep so we don't either. The only way to catch a low or high blood sugar in a sleeping child is to be vigilant and check for them. A type one parent's worst nightmare is a low that doesn't get caught. So we check and treat every, single night. And there's always something to treat.
We strive to teach our girls not to let diabetes hold them back from anything that they want to do. And, with a lot of planning, there isn't really much that they can't do. But what we really want to give them is a care free childhood. One where they can eat a piece of Halloween candy without checking their sugar. One where they can eat cake on their birthday without requiring a shot. A life like you and I.
Please support us and donate to our Walk fundraising campaign. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible today?
Thank you for your support!
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