Joelle Parfrey





I'm the walk today for tomorrow type.

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Join me in the fight to create a world without 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 for the millions of people living with and affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). The money I raise will help JDRF fund critical research to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people's lives, like mine, until no one has to fear developing the disease.

I was diagnosed with T1D last year, and will continue to live with it until a cure is found. Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin - a hormone essential to the ability to get energy from food. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. It cannot be prevented and there is no cure.

JDRF is the largest nongovernmental funder of T1D research and the only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight T1D. This science is complex and costly, and every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward research comes from donors like you.

Please support me and donate to my Walk fundraising campaign. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible today?

Thank you for your support!


My Story...

It was April of 2013, spring break, when my family and I decided to visit my grandparents in Florida.  Nearing the end of our vacation, my grandpa (as a doctor) told us that he noticed I was drinking a lot of water, eating too much food, and getting thinner. He also observed how faint and weak I was. He thought that I might have type 1 diabetes (T1D). I had no clue what this meant.

That night, after flying home from Florida, I was brought to Children's Hospital. They did several different tests, of course including checking my blood glucose (BG) level. Lying on the patients table with an IV up my arm, confused on why I was suddenly "sick" in the hospital, a friendly nurse came in to reveal the truth- that I now had T1D. She told my parents and me that my BG number was 844, when it should have been in a range of 80-120! Because of my symptoms, I was told that I had this disease for about 3 months, and would have died without treatment in only 2 years.

Soon after the frequent evenings of visiting the hospital for insulin, we attended classes on what and how to deal with living with T1D. These courses involved learning everything about it, asking many, many questions and even giving myself my first shot of insulin! We received so much information to take in all at once.


 My life has changed now because my days are filled with checking my blood sugar and giving insulin through an insulin pump rather than shots. My pump has made management a whole lot easier, and has given me more flexibility and freedom. I also use a continuous glucose monitor (CGM), which is another device that sits on my skin and gives me graphs and trends of my blood sugars. My CGM has been extremely helpful as well, although I cannot fully rely on it because the readings are not completely accurate.  I have learned so much, and continue to learn with life's changing ways.

This disease can be very difficult because it is a constant balancing act to try to keep my BG numbers in range, even though half the time I can't control the way they turn out. On the other hand, one of the best things about having diabetes is that when I meet another type 1 diabetic, it's like we have known each other our entire lives because we have so much in common already. Although being a diabetic is sometimes a struggle, I know God has chosen me to have it for a purpose and I know He will use this for good in some way.


The Walk...

The walk this year will be so much fun!  I can't wait to see our team join with others to fight for this great cause. It will be a great day filled with walking, a provided lunnch, animals, and hopefully sun! Seeing you all there will make me feel so special and know that you really care for me. I thank everyone for your support!!!




Date and time

September 13, 2014
Check-in: 8:30 AM
Starts: 10:00 AM
Length of walk: 2.5 Miles


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