Welcome to our JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes team page!
This is the second year our family will walk to raise money to fund critical Type 1 diabetes research and create a world without Type 1 diabetes (T1D). We invite you to join our team, “Let’s Dia-Beat-This,” in this fund raising event. If you’d like to contribute to our efforts, there are a couple of ways you can help. You can join our team and fundraise on our team’s behalf or make an individual donation. It’s as easy as clicking the “join the team” or “make a donation” links to the right. Either way, we’d love to have you to join us for the walk on Sunday, October 6th at Myrick Park. Registration begins at noon and the 2-mile walk starts at 1 pm.
T1D 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.
Our family’s unwelcomed experience with T1D came when our oldest daughter, Sacia, was diagnosed with T1D when she was 21. There are unique challenges for those whose onset of T1D occurs as a young adult. They have lived their lives free of T1D and the reality of what lies ahead is difficult to comprehend and, of course, scary. Most of the time, young adults are living away from home without the day-to-day support of the family. Sacia is now 25, living and working in Tampa, Florida. She loves her job at the Tampa aquarium and is doing well living with T1D. Our role in Sacia’s disease is providing support. Sacia is the one who must face the daily challenges of life with T1D, which involves a 24/7, unrelenting cycle of blood sugar testing and insulin injections to manage the disease. We’re very proud of her for the steps she’s taken to manage her disease.
We believe supporting JDRF’s research is important for our family, as it makes us feel we are doing something to help cure T1D. 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. We also believe that it’s important to bring awareness of the unique challenges of those diagnosed later in life with T1D and to advocate for thoughtful family counseling programs. Being involved in the JDRF walk allows us to meet other families and share stories.
Will you help us in our goal to raise funds to make a difference? Our fundraising goal is $500. Our competitive spirit would like to challenge the strongest of the teams but we don’t want to set a goal that might be overly enthusiastic.
Our family appreciates any contribution you can make and we hope to see you on Walk day!
Jim Killoran & Mary Morris
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Allergy Associates of La Crosse
For Sacia Killoran
GMA & GPA Killoran
Mr. Jim Wanek
Ms. Elaine McCluskey
Tom & Ann Monson