Join me in the fight for my nephew Ian and to create a world without type 1 diabetes!
Welcome to my JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes personal fundraising page!
I'm joining this year's Walk on April 5th to raise funds to improve the life of my incredible nephew, Ian Gadapee and the lives of millions of people with type 1 diabetes (T1D). The money I raise will help JDRF advance its strategic research plan to end T1D.
Just a few short months ago, I had the opportunity to spend the evening with my two favorite nephews (I only have 2!) When I arrived at my sister's house, my youngest, Ian looked strange to me. I couldn't place my finger on it, but he looked extremely thin. I just thought that he was sprouting up (he was 11 at the time). A couple of weeks later I saw him again, and he looked even thinner and really pale. Once again, I just thought that it was a growing spurt. In the next couple of days, he was admitted to the hospital and was extremely ill. This was when we learned of his Type1 Juvenile Diabetes diagnosis.
My heart ached for him, but even more for my amazing sister. We never want anything to happen to our family, but when it's your own child, we eat our heart out. This is exactly what she was doing. Sitting at the hospital getting a new education, I could see the fear in her face. It was a crazy time for everyone involved. I truly believe that God hand-picked her and my brother-in-law to be Ian's parents. I am constantly in awe with the way that their family has handled each day... shots, counting carbs, the dreaded finger prick, shots, counting carbs... you get the picture. Ian never complains and I'm convinced that he will be a pioneer in finding a cure in the future!
Oh, let's not forget about my other amazing nephew, Chase, 13. Watching wide-eyed as his brother has had to endure all of this. He has been such an amazing big brother (God knew what he was doing with him as well), He can now give Ian his shot's, knows how to handle the situation if Ian goes into a diabetic coma, etc.
It's a helpless feeling watching all of this, so this is my way to help. Please help support this cause to help Ian and so many other's like him have a brighter future for tomorrow!!!