Welcome back teammates! It is approaching the beginning of Spring, and that means it's time for the Beat the Bridge Race and Pump It Up For Caroline's 8th Anniversary of running (or walking) for a cure.
We appreciate you all coming back to help us fundraise for much needed research dollars!
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 Caroline's case, we believe that her diabetes was probably caused by environmental triggers, as we have no evidence of T1D in our families, however, we cannot establish the trigger(s).
In the past 9 years living with T1D, 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 a day. This method demanded that we have a very regimented eating and sleeping scheduled for our 7 year old. We graduated to an insulin pen, which we hoped would give us greater flexibility and control. The flexibility at meal times and the portability was great, but the control over her blood sugars was not as percise as we needed. Finally, Caroline had enough "meat on her bones" to carry an insulin pump. For the past 6 years, she has had good control of her disease virtually on her own.
We would very much like to see Caroline move on to the much anticipated Artificial Pancreas (see video), which would make Caroline virtually bionic! This technology is now in the human trial phase of research all over the world, including here in Seattle at Virginia Mason. It is through fundraisers like the Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes Race, that research projects like the Artificial Pancreas get off the ground. The JDRF is the major funding resource of this life changing development. More than 80 percent of JDRF's expenditures go directly to T1D research.
Once again, our family is asking for your support. Please donate to our fundraising efforts. By doing so, you can help me make a difference for millions of people living with T1D. You can donate to my page, Caroline's page or Marc's.
Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible.
Thank you for your support!
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Marc & Gwen Malone