Imagine being diagnosed with a chronic disease for which there is no cure. The good news? There is a medicine you can take that will keep you alive. But you will have to inject it into your body several times a day, and the dose will be different each time. How much you need depends on what you are eating and other factors like stress, hormones, illness, sleep, and exercise. Oh, and if you give too much of this medicine, it can be fatal. If you play it safe and give too little, over time, you may face some very serious complications like kidney failure, vision loss, and amputation. Furthermore, you can eat the same things every day and exercise at the same time every day, and take the same dose of this medicine, but the results could be entirely different EACH and EVERY time.
This is Evan. Our grandson. And this is the reality of his life with Type 1 Diabetes. He is 10 years old and is in his 4th year battling this disease, and while the research that JDRF has funded over the years has provided him with wonderful improvements in treatment (like insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors), it is not enough. JDRF needs our continued support to develop better treatments, like the Artificial Pancreas (which is currently in Human Trials) and ultimately, a cure! These things are within our reach if we continue supporting JDRF!
Please help if you can - so that Evan and other children like him will be able to go to college with one of the many new treatments JDRF is developing - and so that one day their children won't also be diagnosed with T1D. Type One until Type None!
Terry and I ask for your consideration and support of this worthy cause. No amount is too small - we greatly appreciate any and all donations as part of our fundraising efforts for JDRF. Online donations are safe and secure. Just click the DONATE link at the top of this page - or if you prefer, you can mail your check to me at the address listed below. Checks can be made out to JDRF with my name in the Memo section.
5109 S Diamond Pt Mapleton, IL 61547-9582
As always, my prayer is that a cure is found in the coming year. I obviously have a very personal reason for unashamedly asking for support each year. I love that little guy more than life itself. But the fact of the matter is that we all know someone with T1D - not just children, but adults as well - and all want and deserve a cure.