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I'm participating in Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes!


I'm joining this year's event to raise funds to improve the lives of millions of people with type 1 diabetes (T1D). The money I raise will help JDRF advance its strategic research plan to end T1D.

T1D is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, which the body needs to get energy from food. Managing the disease requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on insulin. With T1D there are no days off, and there is no cure.

I have been living with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) since May 3, 2012. Two years ago I woke up with what we thought was the flu.  Over the next twenty four hours I threw up every 30 minutes throughout the night and next morning.  I had painful stomach cramps and my energy was dropping significantly.  The next morning when my mom came back from a meeting she found me struggling to breath, my face blue and emaciated.  She called the doctor and described my symptoms. The doctor told my mom to call 911 and get me to the hospital emergency room immediately. We did not know it then but within the next hour our lives would change forever. 

Since then I have turned 14 years old.  I am attending Hamilton International Middle School in Seattle, Washington as a 8th grader. Just within my school I know there are many students having a difficult time living with this same diagnosis.  I have heard that people have eaten entire lunches without counting their carbohydrates and lying to the nurse just to get away with not taking their shot. I am very lucky to have such a supportive group of family and friends to help me through this. But, everyone must understand that others are not so lucky.  Because of this we must find a cure.

Please support my commitment and donate to my fundraising efforts today. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease.

Thank you for your support!


Emma Becker


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