Welcome to The Njegovan Family JDRF Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes fundraising page! (Whew, that's a mouthful!)
Our middle daughter Georgia just celebrated her 8th Birthday on April 6th (Happy Birthday Gigi!!) It was a little bitter-sweet, because it also happened to be her 1-year Anniversary since her diagnoses with Type 1 diabetes (yes she spent Birthday #7 in Children's Hospital). It has been a difficult year for our family, and for Gigi in particular, learning how to prick her finger to check blood glucose, count carbohydrates in everything she eats, and administer insulin shots. It is a HUGE learning curve for a 7-year old and her family, and emotionally difficult to accept. Gigi has done as well as (or better than) any of us could have imagined with all of this, and since getting an insulin pump in January, is able to be a bit more like other kids, while seeing a decrease in her overall A1C (a number that is associated with average long-term blood glucose levels).
What does all of this mean? We are hopeful for Gigi's future, and want to do what we can to continue the research into finding a cure.
This year, the five of us will be taking part in the 30th Annual Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes, along with one-half million other JDRF walkers and runner across the country, as we try to reach our nationwide goal of raising $94 million.
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.
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 our family's fundraising efforts. By doing so, you can help us make a difference for millions of people living with T1D.
Please give to JDRF as generously as possible. You can donate here or on the Prancing Pancreases team page. We all thank you for your support!
Heidi, Rob, Gigi, Lucy and Kate Njegovan
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