Join us in the fight to create a world without type 1 diabetes!
Welcome to our JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes team page!
As you know, Thomas was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes one year ago. When the emergency room doctor told Thomas he had a disease called diabetes, Thomas' eyes welled up and he asked, "Is there a cure?" The doctor explained that there was no cure yet and Thomas quickly put a smile on his face and said, "Well, maybe I will be the one to find a cure!" He has been such a trooper and handled this challenge with such grace. He has never complained or asked "Why me?"
It's often said that type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a family disease because once one member is diagnosed the whole family quickly experiences a "new normal." But as anyone affected by T1D knows- nothing is routine about this new normal. Our family quickly learned that T1D is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. It cannot be prevented and there is no cure. There is a steep learning curve to managing diabetes and Thomas picked everything up so quickly. This past year Thomas has moved from pen injections to the insulin pump and a continuous glucose monitor. He has been remarkable navigating all the changes.
Our hope is that through the research being conducted by JDRF, a "bionic pancreas" will be developed by the year 2017. Our family is taking steps to help JDRF progressively remove the impact of type 1 diabetes (T1D) from people's lives until no one has to fear developing this disease. JDRF is the only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight T1D. Every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward research comes from donors like you. The challenge we've set ourselves - to raise money for JDRF and to walk - is modest compared to the daily challenges of life with T1D, which involves a 24/7, unrelenting cycle of blood sugar testing and insulin injections to manage the disease.
Will you join us in helping make a difference in the lives of those affected with T1 diabetes? Please consider supporting our team by making a donation and/or joining our team. Thank you for your support, and we hope to see you on Walk day!
Your donation will count towards the team's fundraising total. In addition, please give credit to the person that asked for your support to recognize them for their efforts in creating a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D).