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Evan's Advocates 5th Annual JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes!

    Dear Family and Friends,

    Imagine being diagnosed with a chronic disease for which there is no cure.  The good news?  There is a medicine you can take that will keep you alive.  But you will have to inject it into your body several times a day, and the dose will be different each time.  How much you need depends on what you are eating and other factors like stress, hormones, illness, sleep, and exercise.  Oh, and if you give too much of this medicine, it can be fatal. If you play it safe and give too little, over time, you may face some very serious complications like kidney failure, vision loss, and amputation.  Furthermore, you can eat the same things every day and exercise at the same time every day, and take the same dose of this medicine, but the results could be entirely different EACH and EVERY time. 

    This is the reality of life with Type 1 Diabetes for our 10 year old son Evan.  Evan is in his 4th year battling this disease, and while the research that JDRF has funded over the years has provided him with wonderful improvements in treatment (like insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors), it is not enough.  JDRF needs our continued support to develop better treatments, like the Artificial Pancreas (which is currently in Human Trials) and ultimately, a cure!  These things are within our reach if we continue supporting JDRF!  Please help if you can- so that our son will be able to go to college with one of the many new treatments JDRF is developing, and so that one day his children won't also be diagnosed with T1D.  Type One until Type None!

    We have formed a walk team to raise money to support the research required to cure, better treat, and prevent T1D, and to provide support while managing this disease.

    We are actively recruiting anyone who would like to join us on our team and raise money in support of Evan and the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes.

    Two small steps can make a BIG difference!

    1. Make a generous contribution in support of Evan. Any amount is welcome. Online donations are safe and secure. Simply visit walk.jdrf.org and search under Donate to a Walker or to our team: Evan's Advocates. However, if you prefer, you can send us a check made out to JDRF. Please mail checks to: 1958 Stone Silo Circle, De Pere, WI  54115

    2. Join our Team and help us fundraise in support of Evan on May 10. You can register for our team at walk.jdrf.org. Your support and fundraising efforts will make a difference!

    Please know that more than 80 percent of JDRF's expenditures directly support research and research- related education. Past JDRF research efforts have helped to significantly improve the care of people with this disease, and have expanded the critical scientific understanding of T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered.

    We greatly appreciate your consideration and support of this worthy cause. We look forward to having as many people as possible join us. Even if you can't join us at the Walk, we appreciate any and all donations made as part of our fundraising efforts for JDRF. 

    Very truly yours,

    Bryan and Jen Engel

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