Susan Stevens





  • Kali at Hope Children's Hospital -- September 2011

    Kali at Hope Children's Hospital -- September 2011

  • Kali -- September 2014

    Kali -- September 2014

I'm the walk today for tomorrow type.

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Support me as I join the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes for My #1

2014 Walk Update:

Only one more day until the walk!! This is my second JDRF Walk and I am so excited to be joined by my daughter -- the reason I walk, my #1. We have surpassed our goal and I so overwhelmed with gratitude! The support is amazing!! 

Making Type One Type None -- One Step At a Time!

2013 Walk Update: 

Thanks to the generosity of so many last year, I was able to raise $430 for the JDRF! I walked in honor of Kali, my daughter who has T1D. 

In 2010, three weeks after her first day of school, Kali was not feeling well. At first we thought it was the flu, so she stayed home for a two days and when she felt better went back to school. Unfortunately, the next morning Kali was at her worst. It broke my heart to see her so sick. I took Kali to her pediatrician and after an injection to stop vomiting we returned home. Kali slept for an hour and then woke up. Following doctor's instructions I gave her the tiniest amount of did not stay down.

Worried I phoned her pediatrician and we were instructed to take her to the ER immediately.

I will always remember this day for the rest of my life. I was sitting there helpless while my daughter was ill. Her beautiful blue eyes sunken in from dehydration and her pink rosy cheeks were now colorless. It was as though I was staring at a completely different person.

X-ray after x-ray. Vial after vial. Having to see her hooked up to all sorts monitors, machines, and having tubes attached to her broke my heart. The hospital finally told us there was nothing more they could do for us and we needed to be transported. We still did not know what was wrong.

When we got to the next hospital, Kali was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. My little five year old was in the hospital with a vicious, life threatening, autoimmune disease. Kali's body was attacking her pancreas, killing her from the inside out.

All of our lives changed that day.

We were thrown into a life of counting carbohydrates and portioning meals. Checking blood glucose levels four or more times a day, and giving insulin injections just as many times.

Kali is my #1.

Kali is the reason I am doing this walk.

Thankfully, Kali has the most caring and understanding Diabetes Team and they help us to take better care of her. Kali adjusted beautifully to all the changes in her life and on October 18, 2012, started using an insulin pump. That meant more freedom for us and less of a fear of looks and stares in public. Managing Kali's diabetes has had it's ups and downs, but we always carry on.

We never felt defeated and we have fought with all our might!

So if you could find it in your heart to support me as help the JDRF to raise funds for a cure it would be greatly appreciated. There are so many other children, as well as adults, out there with this disease. So many parents, like myself, hoping for a cure for their child.

There have been many breakthroughs and with each one we get just a little closer to never having to count, poke, or shoot again. I hope that I get to see a cure in my lifetime, because I want Kali to be able to live a normal life again. I want her to be able to live like she did the three weeks before her diagnosis.

That's all I want... A cure.

Thank you for your time, kindness, and 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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