Welcome to my personal fundraising page for the 32nd Annual Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes!
Our family has learned first hand about Type 1 diabetes through Abby Alberg. John Alberg (Abby's dad) and Jason have been friend for over 30 years, and our daughter Ryan has become close friends with Abby. Below, please read Abby's story:
Now 4 years old, Abby has 8-10 finger pricks per day plus 4 bigger (read, more painful) ones to change her insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor throughout each week. She has two devices attached to her little body that help us manage her blood glucose levels and to keep her safe from the dangers of going too high or too low, of which there are many. We count every carb that she eats. It is a constant battle, and there are few "smooth" days.
That is only a small window into the life a child with T1D. It takes a great amount of effort to stay healthy and to live a normal life. Luckily for us, our effort is supported by so many wonderful friends, our family, a magical preschool, and soon a caring elementary school. All of these people have learned or are willing to learn more about the disease in order to help Abby live as normal a life as possible. You know who you are, and please know that we thank you so much, from the bottom of our hearts.
We obviously yearn for a cure to be found in Abby's lifetime so that she and every other person with T1D can be free of worry due to the myriad health threats associated with T1D. We also, however, hope to soon see a solid course of prevention for the countless children who may one day fall victim to the disease. Diagnosis rates with T1D are rising for everyone but most rapidly for children under 5. Wouldn't it be wonderful to vaccinate every newborn baby? Or to have an effective treatment for positive genetic or antibody testing? We think so! If you agree, please consider supporting our commitment to the JDRF by donating to our team's fundraising efforts today. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease.
I'm joining this year's event to raise funds to improve Abby's life and 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.
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. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease.
Thank you for your support!
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