Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
On September 1st, 2010 I met Henry Gabrielski. An energetic, enthusiastic, excited 6 year old boy. He walked into my classroom for the first day of kindergarten with his parents and school supplies like all of the other children. However, he had another bag with him too, this one filled with diabetic supplies. He put his things away and then showed me his special pack with his spiderman binder to keep track of his blood sugar levels, his pack of snacks in case his sugar was too low, and the meter that we would use at least 4 times a day to check his blood sugar. He held up his finger to me and said, "this is my favorite one to poke." He walked me through the steps on how to get the needle ready, how to squeeze the blood out and where to put it on the strip. As we completed his first blood sugar test of the year with his parents by our sides he smiled at me when the number popped up.
This was the first of 100s of times over the next 180 school days that Henry and I would perform our daily ritual of testing. Every day when he arrived at school before breakfast, before morning recess, before lunch, before phy ed, and before going home each day we would test and depending on results...sometimes we'd test again. Henry always smiled, he frequently even said thank you to me. I've watched Henry grow throughout the past 3 years, making some progress with his care by having new tools like an insulin pump and through it all he continues to smile.
I look forward to seeing Henry everyday in the hallways at school, I am always greeted with a big smile and one of the biggest hugs you can imagine. He is a fighter. He hasn't let having type 1 diabetes slow him down, he play sports, he's an actor, a singer, a hard worker, and a great friend. He is an inspiration to me that nothing can stop you unless you let it.
So this year I am walking for Henry and the millions of children who live and fight this disease every day. I am walking for the families who go through the extra work of planning to keep their children safe and lead normal lives.
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.
Thank you for your support!
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