Karen Wilson





  • Quentin days before diagnosis, October 2009

    Quentin days before diagnosis, October 2009

  • Quentin 4 years later, October 2013

    Quentin 4 years later, October 2013

I'm the take steps towards a cure type.

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Join me in the fight to cure, better treat and prevent type 1 diabetes!

Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!  I'll be taking part in this year’s Walk to raise funds 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.

Quentin was diagnosed on Friday, October 16, 2009 - he was 2 weeks shy of his 5th birthday.  That is the day our lives changed forever.  He took insulin injections for 18 months, but uses an insulin pump now.  We need to change his infusion set every 2 or 3 days, sometimes more frequently if it stops working or comes out.  He tests his blood sugar 7-10 times every day.  I still test him in the middle of the night.  We struggle to get his a1C (3 month average blood glucose) down and I get so upset when it's not as low as I'd like.  All I can think about is the toll the high blood sugars are taking on his body, his organs...I worry about what chronic health problems he'll have later in life if we can't keep his blood sugars controlled.  It's a lot of pressure and guilt for a parent and no child should have to live like this. 

Please help me.  I am asking for your support.  Please donate to my personal fundraising efforts.  By doing so, you can help me 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 for 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!

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Date and time

May 4, 2014
Check-in: 9:30 AM
Starts: 11:00 AM
Length of walk: 3 miles


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