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Help the Palmers Beat the Bridge and Fight Juvenile Diabetes!

Maggie Jane and Joel Aslanian at Beat the Bridge 2013 The Palmers at race's end, 2013. Help us be a top fundraiser again!

    Welcome to our personal fundraising page for the 31st Annual Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes! This is the second yera our family will be participating in this incredible event in our 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.  

    We are inspired by the Maggieficent Maggie Jane Aslanian, diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes 18 months ago, who has:

    -pricked her finger to check her blood sugar over 5,000 times
    -had ober 2,400 insulin injections
    -counted carbohydrates before eating all snacks and meals
    -missed many snacks/treats and missed out on activities because of high or low blood sugar
    -been awakened in the middle of every night (at least once) to get her finger pricked for a blood sugar check
    -AND continued to thrive as a happy, healthy 11-year-old thanks to the advances in T1D treatment, many of which were developed with critical support from JDRF. She ran cross-country last fall, is a girl scout, plays rec basketball and performed in her school musical. She still sparkles when she smiles.

    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. 

    We are asking for your support. Please donate to our personal fundraising efforts. By doing so, you can help us 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?

    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!

    Anne Phyfe, Bez, Lily & Coco Palmer


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