Welcome back teammates. This is the 32st Anniversary of the JDRF Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes race and the 8th consecutive year for Pump it Up for Caroline! We are very proud of the way that Caroline has managed her diabetes and how she has been a passionate and energetic supporter of JDRF. We also appreciate all of the support we have received from our friends and family over the years.
Thank you for coming back another year to help us fight for a cure!
As many of you know, Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved.
In the past 9 years, we have progressed through many different types of technology to care for Caroline's disease. We started with mixing insulin in small syringes and giving her two shots per day. This method demanded a very regimented eating and sleeping schedule for our 7 year old. We graduated to the insulin pen, which we hoped would give us greater flexibility and control. The flexibility at meal times , but the control over her blood sugars was not as precise as we needed. When Caroline turned 9, she moved up to an insulin pump which has provided her even more flexibility and control. Last year Caroline began using a continuos glucose monitor that tracks her sugars real time throughout the day so we can detect and respond to dangerous highs and lows much sooner. We look forward to further advances in technology, funded in part by JDRF, that will lessen the burden of the disease and keep diabetics safe and healthy.
JDRF is the leading global organization focused on T1D research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF is to improve the lives of every person affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. More than 80 percent of JDRF's expenditures go directly to T1D research.
I am asking for your support. Please donate to my personal fundraising efforts. By doing so, you can help me make a difference for millions of people living with T1D.
Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible?
Thank you for your support!
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