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

I can and I will.

    Welcome to my personal fundraising page for the 32nd Annual Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes!  Together, with my book club (Breakaway Book Club), we are building a team called Abby Wisdom to raise money and awareness for Type 1 diabetes.  As many of you know, our daughter Abby has Type 1 diabetes.  Below is our story. 

    I thought I would start Abby’s bio with an Abby Wisdom…‘If I could pick between having Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, I would pick Type 2.  If I had Type 2 I could chose to change the way I eat, and get rid of my diabetes.  I could make the choice to not have it, instead of waiting for someone to find a cure’.  

    Abby is our Too Sweet girl.  She was just eight days past her 5th birthday when we knew something was wrong.  A last minute trip to the walk-in clinic verified our fears.  Abby’s blood sugar was too high to register on the meter.   We were told to take her directly to Children’s Hospital.  Her diagnosis blood sugar was 636 (normal blood sugar is around 100).  This moment forever changed our lives.  We knew to keep Abby healthy, safe, and alive her days would be filled with pokes, carb counting and worry.  Now that we are two years past diagnosis, our lives have settled in to a new familiar pattern.  Abby no longer receives the 4 minimum shots a day, since she started her insulin pump a year ago.  However, she does have to poke her fingers on average 8 times a day to test her blood sugar.  Abby is a fighter - a strong, active, confident and bright girl who has taken this obstacle in life and pressed forward.  She would like to grow up and become a top selling fashion designer, so she has enough money to make clothes for people who can’t afford to buy their own.  While we wait and pray for a cure, Abby continues to grow up with this forever rain cloud over her head.  But with her infections smile, giggly laugh, fighting attitude and sparkly clothes it quickly turns to rays of sunshine.  Please help us in supporting Abby, and other T1’s, find a cure!

    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.

    JDRF is working every day to change that. And, as the largest nongovernmental funder of T1D research, every dollar JDRF directs toward its research plan comes from donors like you.

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

    Thank you for your support!

    Pam and Abby

    Lets do this team Abby Wisdom!


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