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Please Support our Daughter and her Battle withType I Diabetes!

The annual JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, is Sunday October 5th at 8:30 am on Chicago's beautiful Lakefront (Lawrence Ave and Simonds Drive).  Our 7 year-old daughter, Josefina, has been living with Type I Diabetes, an incurable disease, since she was 17 months old.   Unless we find a CURE, she will always have to battle the ups and downs of this extremely difficult disease which have unbearable life-long complications.  You can help us make sure that all of the tears, hardship and heartache she has faced in these six long years comes to an end.  The JDRF is funding the research that will give our little girl a better and easier way of life and hoepfully find the CURE in her lifetime.

You don't ever get to "not think about it", "forget about it for now" or "take care of it later" because that's not how Type I Diabetes works.  Every day of Joesfina's life is filled with forethought, decisions and ramifications.  Her life is a careful balance between being a kid and being a responsible patient that is mature beyond her years.  By October 5th of this year, Josefina will have had her finger pricked a minimum of 21,900 times to check her blood glucose levels, 3,000 shots and 600 site changes with a 2-3 inch needle and she's only 7.  She wears three different machines and gadgets on her little body just to help keep her going every day.  She has countless years left of this agonizing hardship to endure if we don’t find the CURE for her and the thousands of others just like her.  No matter how well we control her HBA1C levels (quarterly blood test), she is already at a much more increased risk, of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, kidney failure and blindness.

Josefina is our hero.  She takes on challenges better than a lot of adults we know and she manages to put her adversity into such a simple perspective that you can't help but smile.   Her life is filled with constant unfairness and some days are better than others, but it’s hard at the age of 7 to be "different".  

Despite all of Josefina's diabetes "stuff" that needs to be taken care of, we try to remind ourselves that she's a kid first and a kid with diabetes second.  She lost 6 of her baby teeth this year and she even pulled a few out on her own.  She participated in her first Irish Dance competition this year and placed in all three of her solos ("Top Three" in two of the three of solos).  She helped teach her 4 year-old brother, Charlie, how to ride a two-wheeler and she's a great big sister to both Charlie and William.  Josefina just finished her 4th year at diabetes camp and she and her brother Charlie got to meet Jay Cutler who also has Type I Diabetes.  She told me after camp one day, that she decided that having diabetes sometimes make her feel "proud because she really knows what it means to eat healthy and be a healthy person".  This year she mustered up enough courage to insert her continuous glucose monitoring device all by herself (OUCH!).  

The JDRF is our best hope for finding a cure and making Josefina's future free from the constant unknown of emergency situations caused by low and high blood sugars.  With your donation to her walk team, Josefina’s Jamboree, you can help the JDRF in their ultimate mission of finding THE CURE and improved treatments to reduce or eliminate the overwhelming daily life and the life-altering long-term complications that can result from this disease even when carefully managed.  The JDRF 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. Your support for the JDRF means so very much to us and no donation is too small or insignificant.  Together, we can make THE CURE a reality for Josefina and thousands of others just like her!

We would also love to see you on Walk Day, wearing purple, to support Josefina's team, Josefina's Jamboree, Sunday October 5th at 8:30am. It's a pleasant and leisurely 3-mile walk on Chicago's beautiful lakefront (Lawrence and Simonds Drive).  If you can make it, please sign up on this same website by clicking the "Join My Team" button!  If you'd like to make a donation, please click on the "Donate to Andrea" button.  Your support means so very much!  

With our never ending gratitude:  Andrea, David, Josefina, Charles and William 

INSTRUCTIONS:  Please make donations and/or register to walk with Josefina's Jamboree online at  Then type in Josefina's Jamboree and/or Andrea McCauley for Walker Information.  Personal checks can also be mailed to 1512 S. Washington, Park Ridge IL 60068 


Date and time

October 5, 2014
Check-in: 8:30 AM
Starts: 9:30 AM
Length of walk: 5K (3.1 Miles)


Montrose Avenue and the Lake
W. Montrose Ave. and Simonds Drive
Chicago, IL 60640



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