Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
Eight-teen months ago my son, Lucas, was sick enough to take to the doctor. Almost immediately they sent us to the hospital with one tiny bit of information- Lucas has Type 1 Diabetes- and there is no rhyme or reason to it. We were given... a crash course in diabetes education over the next 5 days and sent on our way. Lucas has had around 2,700 shots. My boy is 5 years old. He knows words like blood glucose, quick acting carbohydrates, insulin, healthy, I.V., and disease. My five year old son worries about dying. He understands that he will have to continue to check his blood glucose levels and get shots for every carb ingested for the rest of his life. On his worst days he sits in my lap on the kitchen floor, needle hand, crying about how unfair this seems. He says, "I hate this! I want to be like everyone else, I don't want to check my blood, I just want to eat dinner." I tell him he is brave and strong. He is wonderful. I don't think it is fair either- he is so young. But in all honesty I am glad we are the family with Type 1. One hundred years ago children died from this- insulin hadn't been invented yet. I am glad that we know what "healthy" is and if we are good at anything it is surviving. My son is going to grow up truly knowing the meaning of being responsible. He will grow up knowing that he is supported by his parents, family and friends. He will struggle, work hard, and be knowledgeable about his surroundings, his body and his health. I am so lucky to have such an amazing son living with Type 1 Diabetes.
Since Lucas was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes we have done one walk raising over $1600.00, participated in Diabetes Family Camp, met other families with Type 1 Diabetes, and decided we will continue to raise money for walks every year, until there is a cure. We want to educate others about the differences in Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, and let people know our personal story. Help us advocate for people like Lucas, living with this life-threatening disease.
I'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). The money I 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.
JDRF is the largest nongovernmental funder of T1D research and the only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight T1D. This science is complex and costly, and every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward research comes from donors like you.
Please support me and donate to my 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!