Mike Hammer

RAISED:

$420

GOAL:

$500

  • Taite 1/2009

    Taite 1/2009

  • Trevor 06/2013

    Trevor 06/2013

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Hello from Shana and Mike Hammer,

As many of you know, our son Taite was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on 01/03/2009 at 1.5 years old.  He has spent the last 5 years living well with Diabetes.   We returned from vacation this year to our youngest son displaying some of the same signs we saw weeks before Taite was diagnosed, extreme thirst, urination, and slight weight loss.  While on vacation, we chalked it up to extreme Las Vegas heat.   Having the equipment to test his blood at home, we discovered Trevor’s blood sugar was 500, a normal reading would have been between 70-100.  Trevor was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on 06/14/2013, he is 3 years old. 

People tell us all the time there is no way they could do what we do, take care of two kids with Type 1 Diabetes.  When really, that’s not true, they could and would if they had to.  When you have no choice, when both of your kids’ lives depend on it, you get tough really quick.  You put the emotions aside (until late in the night) and you figure out what you have to do to make it happen.

We are also often asked why both of our kids?  In moments of self-pity, we’ve asked the same.  In truth, we have no idea and neither does anyone else.  Is it genetics, environment, or bad luck?  Who knows?  What we do know, it feels a whole lot better to be actively involved in finding a cure, than wondering why and feeling sorry that our picture of ‘perfect’ didn’t develop just so.

Our fundraising for JDRF started as a way to raise money and over the last 5 years has evolved to not only raising money, but awareness and our spirits.  We have met other Type 1 families along the way, seen friends’ children be diagnosed, and gained another Type 1 child ourselves.  While it could seem this year we’d be sad, really we are just doubly determined. 

Team Taite is now Team TnT – Taite and Trevor. Thank you for your continued support.  We believe there will be a cure, this isn’t forever. 

 

 

 

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WALK DETAILS

Date and time

April 13, 2014
Registration: 1:00 PM
Starts: 2:00 PM
Length of walk: 3 miles

Location

Dornblaser Stadium
Lewis and Clark Trail
Missoula, MT 59801

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CONTACT

Emma Conway

econway@jdrf.org
(253) 350-1046

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