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!