Welcome to Team Allison's JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes webpage! Thank you for considering joining the team or donating to the cause! Our deadline is August 23, 2014 when the official walk takes place at historic Churchill Downs.
As you may know, I developed type 1 diabetes (T1D) during my senior year of college. I was living in Wichita, Kansas for six months while interning for Raytheon Aircraft. I was far from my family and my family doctor. I was so busy during my internship that I did not notice that I had lost 12 pounds. Then I noticed that my mouth was so dry that I could not swallow food without also taking a drink to wash it down. I ended up on a soup and ice cream diet because those were the only foods that I could easily swallow. My coworkers at Raytheon started to suspect that I was diabetic based on my symptoms and got me an appointment with a very nice family doctor. On Halloween (ironic since it is the holiday of high-sugar candy!) I had my first fingerstick blood sugar test at that Kansas doctor's office. My blood sugar registered high at 336 mg/dL (about four times what it should be). I was diagnosed as a type 1 diabetic and my life has not been the same since.
We're taking steps to help JDRF progressively remove the impact of type 1 diabetes (T1D) from people's lives until no one has to fear developing this disease. By joining our Walk to Cure Diabetes team and making a donation to JDRF, you'll raise money to help fund critical T1D research and create a world without T1D.
Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. It cannot be prevented and there is no cure...yet.
JDRF is the only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight T1D. Every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward research comes from donors like you.
The challenge we've set ourselves - to raise money for JDRF and to walk - is modest compared to the daily challenges of life with T1D, which involves a 24/7, unrelenting cycle of blood sugar testing and insulin injections to manage the disease.
Will you accept the challenge to make a difference by walking with us? Just click on the "Join this Team" button, make a donation, and start fundraising.
Thank you for your support, and we'll see you on Walk day!