This has been a transformational year for both JDRF(Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and Ryann. JDRF has been doing some very interesting researchthis year. I’ll provide more informationabout one of the huge advancements after I give you an update on Ryann.
Ryann had another great year. She is one busy 9-year-old. Along with living with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D)for most of her life, she is also involved in karate. She has made it halfway through to her black belt. You should see this girl kick! She just mastered the “tornado kick”, and itis her favorite move. Last fall sheentered a tournament and won two trophies.
In the spring she attended a free one day basketball campfor kids with diabetes that JDRF helped sponsor (your donations hard at work). Attendees learned how to balance food,exercise and insulin – along with basketball skills. They teach how sports, illness and stressaffect blood sugars and how to correct insulin intake, all while having fun andlearning that they are not alone.
This summer Ryann attended a week-long Wisconsin Lions sponsored camp in Rosholt WI. Nurses,doctors, and dietitians are assigned to each cabin of 8-9 children. Theyprovide campers with the information and skills needed to live successfullywith diabetes in any situation. The maingoal for the kids attending camp was having fun and meeting other kids withdiabetes. Ryann got to participate in traditional camp activities, gain independence,grow in self-confidence, discover new skills, learn respect for each other andthe great outdoors. Of course she had agreat time!
One of the big projects JDRF is helping to support is ViaCyte’sVC-01, and it has just been approved by the FDA for clinical trials. ViaCyte is developing a transformative cellreplacement therapy to free people with insulin-requiring diabetes from painfuland frequent insulin injections, strict diet regimens, constant blood sugarmonitoring, and serious chronic health conditions associated with the disease. By acting essentially as a replacementendocrine pancreas, ViaCyte’s VC-01 combination product has the potential to bea virtual cure for type 1 diabetes. JDRFhas made this encapsulation research program a priority because of itspotential to transform the way individuals with T1D manage their disease. JDRF donors helped make possible thisimportant step towards our goal of creating a world without T1D.
The JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes will be held on September 13at the Milwaukee County Zoo. Here aresome ways you can help:
1.Make a generous contributionin support of Ryann Gutknecht. Any amount is welcome. Online donations aresafe and secure. Simply visit walk.jdrf.org and search under Donate to a Walker.However, if you prefer you can send us a check made out to JDRF. Please mail checksto: The Gutknecht’s, 12725 W. Manitoba Ave, New Berlin, WI 53151
2.Join our Team and help usfundraise in support of Ryann’s YellowDucks on September 13. You can register for our team at walk.jdrf.org. Yoursupport and fundraising efforts will make a difference!
Thank you for helping to turn Type one into Typenone!