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.
While I am not personally diagnosed with T1D, this horrible disease affects my family and our everyday life. In just my immediate family alone, both my father, Ken, and brother, Paul are diagnosed with t1D. My father was diagnosed in his early 20s, and my brother when he was just turning 2 years old. This disease is not limited to my immediate family, either. My late paternal Grandfather, Peter, whom I never met, was passed away in 1982 because of this disease and I never had the opportunity to meet him. Finally, my cousin, Mary Kate, has been diagnosed with the disease since elementary school (both she and my brother are now 22).
Seeing the daily struggles of my family members diagnosed with T1D sparked my passion to get involved with the Chicago Chapter of JDRF. I have attended research meetings and events to gain knowledge and help work our way towards a cure. In addition, I, along with my family will be walking in the annual JDRF Ron De Santo Walk to Cure Diabetes on the Chicago Lakefront.
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?