Hello! This year, I'll be, once again, 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.
Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, is a devastating disease that affects millions of people, a large and growing percentage of them children. My son, Samuel, was one of those children in 1993. Wow, that was nearly 17 years ago. It was a pretty rough start. He had to stick his small fingers frequently during the day in order to check his blood sugar. He would wake up early in order to get an injection of insulin so he could eat a meticulously measured breakfast. The rest of the day included more finger sticks, measured meals, balanced exercise and multiple shots of insulin. None of these steps, however, were a cure. They were merely life support.
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. Samuel has seen the benefits of this important research. He now wears an insulin pump and a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) that helps Samuel manage his glucose levels more accurately. FEWER finger sticks!! YEA!! Yet, with all these wonderful changes, we still don't have a cure. Just this morning, Samuel had a major seizure due to a low blood sugar!! It was extremely frightening! It had been quite some time since he'd had a seizure. Something disrupted the delecate balance of food, insulin, and excercise. It happens, but I don't ever want him to go through that exhausting trauma again!
Now, more than ever, you can make a crucial difference. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible? Together, we can make the cure a reality!
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Mark and Mary Nauman