On July 8th of last year, the life of our 5 year old son was changed forever when he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. It's amazing that it's already been a year since that night in Dell Children's Hospital, watching someone so small go through something so big. We, like many of you, had no idea how horrible and challenging this disease can be, especially for little children. We've learned a lot in a year, but I can honestly say it is a daily challenge just to keep Parker alive.
Now at the age of seven, Parker has matured more than any boy his age should have to. We constantly wrestle with both high and low blood sugars and the issues that come with "being off." During school, one of us is in constant contact with our amazing school nurse, helping diagnose and treat issues over the phone. Occassionally, dropping everything at a moments notice to get to the school quickly to remedy minor emergencies. That's his life now.
Our family and friends will be taking part in this year's Walk to raise funds for the millions of people living with and affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). The money we raise will help JDRF fund critical research to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people's lives until no one has to fear developing the disease.
Type 1 diabetes 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.
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.
Please support us and donate to my Walk fundraising campaign. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease. We hope and pray that we will all be part of a cure in our lifetime, so every little bit helps get us there.