Kelly Lewis

RAISED:

$435.53

GOAL:

$200

Join me in the fight to create a world without type 1 diabetes!

For nine years now, my 12-year old cousin, Stuart, has faced the challenge of juvenile (type 1) diabetes or T1D.  Unfortunately, type 1 diabetes currently has no cure or magic pill.  Stuart’s pancreas has stopped producing insulin, and, without our external administration of insulin on an ongoing basis, he would die.

 So, that is the bad news.  Here is the good news.  Since Stuart was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, there have been remarkable improvements in the treatments available to manage his blood sugar.  He started with an insulin pump about nine months into his diagnosis.  The pump was about the size of a small Dictaphone and was connected to his torso by thin plastic tubing.  Stuart now wears a small oval disc the size of a silver dollar and the thickness of a smart phone affixed to his torso that holds a reservoir of insulin and a computer chip that communicates wirelessly with his meter each time he checks his blood sugar to determine the amount and frequency of insulin delivery.  The next step, which is in clinical trials currently, will be a system that performs all of these steps with little or no intervention by Stuart.

None of these advancements can actually cure Stuart of type 1 diabetes, and managing it remains a constant, important element of his day. 

Join me in the fight to create a world without type 1 diabetes!

I'm joining this year's Walk in High Point on April 26th to raise funds to improve the lives of millions of people, like Stuart, with type 1 diabetes (T1D). The money I raise will help JDRF advance its strategic research plan to end T1D.

T1D is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, which the body needs to get energy from food. Managing the disease requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on insulin. With T1D there are no days off, and there is no cure.

JDRF is working every day to change that. And, as the largest nongovernmental funder of T1D research, every dollar JDRF directs toward its research plan comes from donors like you.

Please support my commitment and donate to my Walk fundraising efforts today. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people, like Stuart, affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease.

 Thank you for your support for helping ensure that Stuart’s diabetes can go away!

Kelly - Stuart’s Little Engine That Could Team Member

We think we can, we think we can, we think we can cure diabetes

 

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205 Regency Executive Park Drive, Suite 102, Charlotte, NC 28217
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WALK DETAILS

Date and time

April 26, 2014
Registration: 9:00 AM
Starts: 10:00 AM
Length of walk: 5K

Location

Bank of North Carolina
801 North Elm Street
High Point, NC 27262

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CONTACT

Anna Carr

acarr@jdrf.org
(336) 455-7903

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