Denise Fleszewski





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Join me in the fight to create a world without type 1 diabetes!

Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page! 

I'll be taking part in this year's Walk to raise funds for the millions of people living with and affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). The money I raise will help JDRF fund critical research to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people's lives until no one has to fear developing the disease.

Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin - a hormone essential to the ability to get energy from food. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. It cannot be prevented and there is no cure.

This disorder became prevalent when I turned 10 years old. It was the night of Halloween and the week before I had been getting increasingly sick. My father took me to the ER the night of Halloween because we knew something just wasn't right, I couldn't keep anything down and had lost 30lbs in one week. At the ER they announced I had type 1 diabetes and my blood sugar levels were so high they couldn't read what they were. As my dad said they told him "You have a very sick girl." I was transported from the ER to two different hospitals until I landed at Childrens Memorial Hospital in Chicago where they could take care of me. They said I could've died that night. The doctors said they had never seen such a bad case in a child before, this resulted in many specialists and doctors coming to examine me. They all said the same thing, they told my parents that there was a high possibility that I would not wake up from my coma, or if I did wake up then I would have extensive brain damage. I proved them wrong. I woke up without any brain damage and full awareness. The doctors were stunned. I would stay at the hospital for a couple more weeks as I learned more about this disease and how my life was going to change. It absolutely sucked. Living with this disease is something no one should have to do. You are constantly worrying about blood sugar levels, checking them 6 or more times a day, giving yourself shots everytime you eat plus some, worrying with exercise you will pass out because of blood sugar levels being too high or low and hoping every night that you will wake up in the morning. That is why I am partnering with JDRF to make Type One into Type None.

JDRF is the largest nongovernmental funder of T1D research and the only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight T1D. This science is complex and costly, and every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward research comes from donors like you.

Please support me and donate to my Walk fundraising campaign. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible today?

Thank you for your support!


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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