Hello! My name is Alexis and on November 29, 2010, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I was just 5 years old. My family and I have overcome the initial shock of the diagnosis but continue to pray for a cure every day. I am now insulin dependent and require 5-6 shots of insulin a day, not to mention that I check my blood sugar about 10 times a day for low or high blood sugars. I am now in 1st grade, top of my class and I play soccer. Despite me staying busy, I always have to make time to check my blood sugars and correct it when needed.
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 dollars.
Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, is a devastating disease that affects millions of people, a large and growing percentage of them are children like me.
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? You can also join me for the JDRF walk at Riverfront Park in Spokane on September 23, 2012 where my family and I will be walking to help find a cure. Together, we can make the cure a reality!
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