WELCOME to our page about the 32nd Annual Beat the Bridge (2nd for me!)
Please read about my story and information below:
This upcoming race is going to be a sort of celebration for my 1 year "diaversary"! I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes only about 3 weeks before this race last year. My life was turned upside down and I have spend the last 9 months (a year on April 22) trying to figure out this new way of living.
Managing T1D requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on insulin. With T1D there are no days off, and there is no cure. (Even though there are days I pray and beg for even a "vacation" from this disease.)
In T1D, a person's pancreas stops producing insulin, which is essential to the body’s ability to get energy from food.
Many of you have been a huge support for me this past year. Thank you for praying for me, listening to me cry, celebrating the small milestones with me, and learning about this disease with me over this last year. I have been incredibly blessed to have so much support.
My insulin pump that I got about 6 months into this journey has made managing this disease even easier. I have also been able to be apart of Benaroya Research institue and go in once a month to give blood so they can research different biomarkers to try and determine a potential cause or eventual cure. I have the potential after I finish this study to get involved with an artificial pancreas study. Which would be amazing!!
I don't think I would have survived this last year without my God walking me through it. I have learned more than ever to lean on Him, and rely on Him to provide me with what I need to get through each day.
I would love to create a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D)!
Please join in this fight with me in one or two ways:
1) Join our team and run/walk with us in the Nordstrom Beat the Bridge race on May 18th
Last year I was barely "cleared" to walk in the race, and this year I am running the 8k!
2) Make a donation on my behalf so that we can help find a cure with the JDRF foundation.
Every donation, big or small, from donors like you, allows JDRF to fund the critical research needed to find a cure.
Will you accept the challenge to make a difference in your community by joining us?
Just click “Join This Team” to become a team member and start fundraising. Or click “Donate to This Team” to make a donation.
Thank you for your support! God Bless!
|Afton Vander Pol||$235.00|
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