It's that time of year!
Welcome to my personal fundraising page for the 32nd Annual Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes! This year, I'll be participating in this incredible event in my community, along with thousands of others, to raise $1.5 million in support of JDRF and to improve the lives of all people affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). If you ask people with T1D, they will tell you it is difficult and life threatening. And they know it never goes away.
It is hard to believe that this will be our third year participating in this event. It seems like only yesterday I was sharing a hospital crib bed with my 22 month old little boy while trying to process his diagnosis and learn everything I needed to learn in order to keep him alive and healthy. I still remember our first Beat the Bridge event. We were 9 months into life with T1D and adjusting to our new "normal". The overwhelming emotions that enveloped me as I stood surrounded by thousands of other people who understood what we go through every day brought me to tears. It is also why we continue to participate in this event every year. Being surrounded by people who get it and are just as passionate about finding a cure helps provide the strength you can need on days when are just so tired and frustrated and angry that there is no way to take T1D away from your child.
Life with Type 1 Diabetes isn't easy. Eventually my role in Alex's diabetes management will lessen as he becomes older and takes responsibilty for his own care but as of right now my role is to be his pancreas. Before diagnosis, I had no idea how important the pancreas was but let me tell you, that is one smart, multi-tasking little organ. So many things play a role in blood sugar management: food, activity, illness, stress, adrenaline, hormones, and growth spurts. Accounting for all those different factors is not easy and can make diabetes management a frustrating guessing game at times. But without proper management, Alex could be looking at a future with other chronic health problems which is why we work so hard every day to make the right choices and think like a pancreas.
It is also why I am again asking for your support. Please donate to my personal fundraising efforts. By doing so, you can help me make a difference for Alex and the millions of people living with type 1 diabetes.
Did you know that:
As the leader of the type 1 diabetes community, JDRF unifies global efforts to cure, treat, and prevent T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible?
Thank you for your support!
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Matt & Cindy
Miss Megan Anderson
Mrs. Amanda Datz
Mrs. Kathryn Garcia
The Kartchner Family