Welcome to my JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
Our family will always remember July 25, 2013. That was the date my son, Gabriel at the age of 12, was rushed in an ambulance from the emergency room in Newnan, GA to Children's Hospital in Atlanta. What we thought was merely a stomach bug and dehydration turned into 5 days - 3 of which in ICU - leaving with a diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes that instantly changed our lives.
Gabriel, who is an avid reader of Harry Potter, a video game aficionado of anything related to Sonic the Hedgehog and an all-around animal lover hasn't slowed down one little bit. He has adjusted to his new routine of checking his blood sugar numerous times a day as well as giving himself the injections at each meal like a trooper. Due to also being a high-functioning Autistic, he had to quickly pick up on new daily routines and schedules instantly, which is a big deal! He is the bravest person I know and still has the best sense of humor about life - even though he felt that his "near-death experience" should have been on the news. We take each day at a time and learn how to fit glucose meters, syringes, and insulin into our everyday lives.
This year I will be taking part in the Walk to raise funds for the millions of people living with and affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). The money I raise will help JDRF fund critical research to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people's lives.
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 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.