Welcome to our JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes Team Page! We are taking the steps to help achieve JDRF's mission: to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.
Evan's old life ended on August 14, 2009. Earlier that day, we went to the pediatrician, who said that everything was fine. Yet, I knew something wasn't right. For weeks before, Evan had been using the bathroom more than usual and had been drinking a seemingly endless amount of water. That night, I took Evan to my doctor's office and checked his urine. I hoped it was just nothing, but the urine test indicated otherwise. Evan had a high amount of ketones in his blood along with lots of glucose. I checked his blood glucose, and the meter just said, “HI.” Unfortunately, I knew this wasn’t a friendly greeting. Instead, the meter was telling me that his blood glucose was over 600 mg/dL. When I did a second test to confirm the first result, the meter said that Evan’s blood glucose was 590 mg/dL. We headed back home to pack up some supplies before going to the emergency room. After a three night stay in the hospital, the “new” Evan was able to come home. At first, it seemed like it was going to be impossible to manage this new condition. We worked through that tough time; and now that Evan has an insulin pump, managing his diabetes is easier. But despite all of this, there’s still the lingering thought in the back of our minds, “If only there was a cure.”
I, Evan, have personally benefited from diabetes research. Between December 2009 and December 2011, I participated in a research trial at Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. To date, the results have been amazing! My diabetes is very well controlled, and my blood sugars are near non-diabetic levels. All of this could not have been possible without funding for diabetes research.
In February of this year, 2014, I got a continuous glucose monitor, a device which constantly monitors my blood glucose levels to help me improve them. Using this device, I have been able to reduce my hemoglobin A1c (my average blood glucose value in the past three months) by 0.4%, from 6.7% to 6.3%! With the help of new diabetes technology, I have been able to continue to improve my health!
The JDRF Walk is a fantastic way to make a difference in the millions of lives of people affected by type 1 diabetes. For at least that one day, they will look around and see all the support they have from their friends, family and community. On Walk Day, everyone can have fun and celebrate how much closer to a cure we are because of their efforts.
Each member of our team is already hard at work in their fundraising. If you have taken time to visit our team page today, we ask that you consider making a donation or joining our team. To make a team donation, click on the "Donate" button at the top of this page or if you would like to make your gift to one of the team members please click on their name below. To join our team, click the join team link below.
Thank you. Together, we will cure type 1 diabetes and its complications!