Welcome to my personal JDRF Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes fundraising page for Jacqueline’s Journey! This year marks my 16th year participating in a JDRF walk to raise funds for diabetes research. I’m proud to share that my family has raised over $100,000 for JDRF since I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) in 1997. My life has improved dramatically over the past 16 years thanks to JDRF funded research and improvements in technology. Events like Beat the Bridge are my way of actively participating in a cure for diabetes. I look forward to the day when everyone living with T1D will be able to live free from the constant testing, equipment and fear of life-threatening complications.
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. T1D usually strikes in childhood, adolescence, or young adulthood, and lasts a lifetime. Just to survive, people with T1D must take multiple injections of insulin daily or continually infuse insulin through a pump. Taking insulin does not cure diabetes, nor does it prevent the possibility of the disease’s devastating effects: kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, heart attack, stroke, and pregnancy complications.
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.
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