It’s again that time of year - The Nashville JDRF Walk for the Cure is on Saturday September 28th. Our family continues to be committed to fighting for a cure for Zack and everyone who is affected by Type 1 diabetes (T1D). We have heard about some amazing advances that are in different stages of development in the effort to regulate T1D, in prevention of T1D and (most importantly) finding that cure! One of those advances is in the picture at the right. That’s Zack and his Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM, affectionately named “Dex” after the manufacturer Dexcom). He has had this device for about a month. This device checks Zack’s blood sugar every 5 minutes and transmits it wirelessly to the receiver. There are alerts for high and low blood sugar levels. The best part is the CGM has reduced the number of times Zack has to prick his fingers to check his blood sugar from 8-10 a day to 2-3! That saves over 2,000 finger pricks a year!!! It also allows us all to sleep better at night, knowing that we will be alerted if his blood sugar drops to a dangerous level. This is the tip of the iceberg of the developments that are on the horizon. The next 3-5 years are going to bring some AMAZING new technology and treatments into reality, things that were just ideas on paper a mere 5-10 years ago.
That’s where you come in!!! Taking those ideas from paper into the testing and finally implementation stages takes funding - lots of funding. Together over the past 4 years, our family team has raised over $40,000!!!! Just think about that for a minute, $40,000 in 4 short years! That is amazing!!! We are so blessed to have friends and family as generous as y’all (you guys for our Northern friends!).
While we give you our deepest thanks, this is not the time to stop! With government cut backs and curtailments in funding dollars, the need for research funding is greater than ever!! To borrow a phrase from Beth last year - Zack is going to be fine, we are going to make sure of that, but there are so many others that are not going to be. We CAN’T and WON’T stop until diabetes is CURED. This fight is not just about Zack (although we are doing it in his name), it’s about everyone who has T1D. It’s about a 1 month old baby and his/her parents that have to administer a shot every time he/she eats. It’s about an 80 year old person who can’t afford insulin and every month has to choose between eating and their medicine and every person in-between. It’s even about those caregivers who don’t have T1D but struggle with a loved one who does. Since we last wrote you in August of 2012, another 1.9 MILLION cases of diabetes have been diagnosed. As of the end of 2012, over 25 million people - both adults and kids - in the US were diagnosed with diabetes (both type 1 & 2), that’s over 8% of the entire US population.
But we are making headway!
We are working hard to raise as much money as we possibly can until the cure is found. Our team goal for this year is another $10,000, and we are asking for your help again. Will you support Zack and his team, Zack’s Tracks, this year with a donation to JDRF in his honor? Your support means the world to us and gives our little boy hope and reassurance that his family and friends are behind him all the way, doing everything we can to help get him, and all of the others, cured. No donation is too small – even $5 can make a difference!
To make a donation, you can mail a check payable to JDRF to us at: