I walk for my brother, Daniel Szczerski June 9, 1975-December 8, 2009.
Danny Was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 10 years old. While growing up he was reasonably healthy, and his diabetes was manageable.
Into Danny's adult years, the disease started to take its toll on his body. He required many medications besides just the regular insulin shots. Eventually his kidneys began to fail, he was put on dialysis, and then on a transplant list for a kidney and pancreas. He had some toes amputated, and eventually his right leg below the knee.
By his late twenties, Danny faced many trips to the hospital, a lot of close calls, several surgeries, pretty much always felt sick, and was never without pain. He faced it all with amazing strength. He never complained. Danny went into a coma on November 8, 2009, and lost his fight on December 8, 2009 when he was just 34 years old. Danny was and is my hero. Not a day goes by that I don't think of him and miss him.
I walk so other families don't have to watch their loved ones go through what Danny had to go through.
This year, I'll be taking part in JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes, along with one-half million other walkers across the country, as we try to reach our goal of raising $89 million.
Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, is a devastating disease that affects millions of people, a large and growing percentage of them children.
There is some good news, though. JDRF is our best hope for finding a cure. It funds more type 1 diabetes research than any other charity worldwide and it's making progress along many promising paths toward better treatments and a cure.
Now, more than ever, you can make a crucial difference. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible? Together, we can make the cure a reality!