Ben Wells is participating in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes on May 10- Will you please consider making a donation and/or walking with us?
Hi and welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page! I am taking the steps to help achieve JDRF's mission: to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. I hope you will considering joining my team, raising money to support valuable reseach and showing your support for me on Walk Day. The JDRF Walk is a fantastic way to make a difference in the lives of millions of people like me affected by Type 1 Diabetes. For at least that one day, I'll look around and see all the support I have from my 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.
As you may know already, Type 1 Diabetes is an auto-immune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly, without any known reason or a cure. It can lead to serious complications, including pretty scary stuff like heart disease, blindness, amputations, etc. It's definitely an overwhelming disease to face every day -- 24/7! Since I was diagnosed 7 years ago, I have not had a single break - 2500 straight days and counting, of 10 finger pricks plus the constant carbohydrate counting of every morsel of food I put in my mouth...day after day after day. Beyond the needles, carb counting, food weighing, etc. -- there are also those everyday things that most kids take for granted that I need to deal with differently as a Type 1 diabetic. Sleepovers aren't really possible since a low or high blood sugar in the middle of the night can cause seizures, a coma and/or a trip to the hospital. I've been playing lots of soccer lately and have to check my blood all the time. I've even had to sit out a few games because I couldn't get my blood sugar in a good range- something my teammates never have to worry about.
If you have taken the time to visit my team page today, I am asking for your support to help my wish for a cure come true. Please consider making a donation or joining my team. To my neighbors and friends in Des Moines, I invite you to join my team on May 10th for the Walk for the Cure at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Just click the 'Join My Team' link. To make a team donation, click on the 'Donate to Ben' button at the top of this page. By doing so, you can help make a difference not only for me, but for the millions of people living with Type 1 Diabetes. Your support has and continues to mean so much to me and gives me hope of a cure coming soon.
Your generosity will be greatly appreciated and will help fund valuable research to find a cure.