Mackenzie Stern





  • JDRF Walk '97

    JDRF Walk '97

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Help me fight to find a cure for type 1 diabetes!

Hey guys!

As some of you may or may not know, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was only 6 years old. It's been one hell of a rollercoaster mentally and physically. I constantly have to check my blood sugar, give myself insulin any time I eat something. If I don't, my body pays the consequences which will eventually effect my well being down the road. 

This is where you come in. I'm trying to raise money to help fight this disease, not only for myself but the millions of other kids that are diagnosed each year. I remember when I was little, I was the odd man out. I knew no one else with diabetes, I felt alone. Now it's becoming more common, and sadly, I don't feel so alone. 

With that being said, reach deep down into those pockets and even if you can only afford $1, hey that's cool. It's something! Just think of everyone you'll be helping out. This will mean so much to me and others as well.

The rest of this explains what diabetes is and what the JDRF walk is

Thank you!


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.

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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