Dear Family & Friends, We want to start by thanking all of you for your support in past years!! It’s hard to believe this will make our 11th year walking! With your help we have raised right at $108, 422.00 for JDRF. We have been witness to the research and development, and how far researchers have come since Macey was diagnosed at 13 months old. She is now 11 ½ and wears an insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor, which gives her insulin and alerts us to highs and lows before they become extreme. Insulin is NOT a cure; it only allows Macey and many others to stay alive. To date Macey has endured over 60,000 finger pricks, 5,500 insulin shots, 2000 pump infusion site injections and 600 continuous glucose sensor insertions. She must wear and carry this equipment with her at all times. She will be more than happy to tell you “it’s no fun”! This will not end until there is a cure. Diabetes does not rest; it is a constant juggling act for the prevention of highs and lows. Aside from the daily challenges of living with Type 1 diabetes there are many severe, often fatal, complications caused by diabetes. Macey is now learning to do what no 11 year old should have to do; maintain her diabetes in order to survive.
The good news is that a cure for Type 1 diabetes is within reach. JDRF funding and leadership is associated with most major scientific breakthroughs in type 1 diabetes research to date, they fund more research worldwide than any other foundation. This will be our 11th year of the Macey’s Believers walking in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's "Walk to Cure Diabetes". We’re writing to ask for your support. You can make a donation on-line or raise money and join our walk team at http://walk.jdrf.org/ or through the Macey’s Believers-JDRF Walk Team facebook page. Pictures from past years can be viewed here too! If you prefer you can also mail your donation to us, please make your check out to JDRF. Donations are tax-deductible.
Treasure Coast JDRF “Walk to Cure Diabetes” Date of Walk: Saturday, April 12, 2012 Place: Flagler Park, Stuart, FL Registration Time: 9:00 AM Walk Start Time: 10:00 AM Walk Length: 5K
All Macey's Believers walk team walkers get a team t- shirt as a thank you for helping us to raise awareness and money. So please let us know names and shirt sizes for all walkers by March 29th. By phone 772-334-5558 or email email@example.com. Together, we can make the Cure a reality in Macey’s lifetime! With sincere thanks, Reid, Janice, Kaitlyn & Macey Gaskins