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

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My darling daughter Maddy was diagnosed in November 2012 at the age of 11 with Type 1 diabetes. After the shock wore off, the reality set in of how she (and our family) would manage this disease, and JDRF has been a wonderful resource during this time of adjustment. On any given day, she tests her blood at least 5 times, gives herself insulin shots (but only after calculating the carbs she will eat), hopes the continuous glucose monitor sticks so that the big poke to insert it was not in vain, deals with exhaustion, the ups and downs of feelings that accompany fluctuating sugars, sits out during sports due to low sugar, or wakes up in the middle of the night to test. It never stops. Despite all of this, she smiles. She wants to help others. She has penpals through JDRF and can share feelings and experiences with those kids that only they can understand. I am so thankful for this because acceptance is hard enough at this age, but add the complications of Type 1 to it, and it makes it tougher than it should be for her. I have formed this team to raise awareness and funds to help find a cure and I hope you will help. I know it is challenge but with the rate of diagnosis in kids rising exponentially it is crucial that we find that cure now. 

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. 

I am asking for your support.  Please donate to my personal fundraising efforts.  By doing so, you can help me make a difference for millions of people living with type 1 diabetes.

Did you know that:

  • T1D is an autoimmune disease that comes on suddenly and strikes both children and adults at any age?
  • T1D has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle?
  • Those living with T1D must carefully balance insulin doses with eating and daily activities throughout the day and night?
  • Those living with T1D must test their blood sugar by pricking their fingers with blood 6 or more times a day?
So what are you gonna do? Walk with us! 


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