Marie-Anne de Graaff





  • Meet Brennan

    Meet Brennan

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

Welcome to my JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes personal fundraising page!

I am writing to ask for your support to improve the lives of people affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). T1D is a chronic auto immune disease in which the pancreas ceases to produce insulin, leading to dangerously high levels of blood sugar. Although insulin keeps people with T1D alive, it does not cure diabetes, and it does not prevent any of the long-term consequences one may suffer from the disease. 

As you may know, our son Brennan was diagnosed with T1D a year and a half ago when he was three years old. He was admitted to the Children’s hospital with a blood sugar level of 10 times the normal. Over a period of three days we learned that he will never be able to eat carbohydrates again without taking insulin. We learned how to check blood sugar and how to administer insulin. We also learned that too much insulin can rapidly cause low blood sugar leading to seizures and coma, whereas too little insulin in the long-run leads to complications from T1D, such as kidney failure, heart disease, blindness and amputations.

Since diagnosis Brennan has had to take on a lot more responsibility than most kids his age do. At age 5, he will say ‘no’ to treats, because he knows they can make him sick. He will check his blood sugar using a finger prick 10 times a day (that is 3650 finger pricks per year). He has learned to recognize low blood sugar and will tell us that he needs to be checked. He endures four shots a day, one for every meal, and then one more at night.

Although Brennan is incredibly strong in his dealing with T1D, the disease takes a toll. Brennan wakes up at least once every night because we have to check his blood sugar (nightly lows are the second leading cause for sudden deaths in T1D children). Brennan feels different; he has indicated on several occasions (birthday parties, Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day) that he wishes he could be like other kids. Every insulin shot visibly hurts Brennan, and he has become painfully aware of the dangers of low blood sugar. Just today his blood sugar dipped too low while in the pool, and when I asked him how he was feeling after we raised his blood sugar, he said: “My heart is still beating mama”.   

We have formed our walk team to raise money to support the research required to cure, better treat, and prevent T1D, and to provide support while managing this disease.

We are actively recruiting anyone who would like to join us on our team, and raise money in support of Brennan and the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes.

 Two small steps can make a big difference!

  1. Make a generous contribution in support of Brennan. Any amount is welcome. Online donations are safe and secure. Simply visit and search under Donate to a Walker (Marie-Anne de Graaff). However, if you prefer you can send us a check made out to JDRF.
  2. Join our Team and help us fundraise in support of Brennan. You can register for our team (The B-Team) on May 3rd 2014 at Your support and fundraising efforts will make a difference!

More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and education. Past JDRF research efforts have helped to significantly improve the care of people with this disease, and have expanded the critical scientific understanding of T1D.

We look forward to having as many people as possible join us. Even if you can’t join us at the Walk, we appreciate any and all donations made as part of our fundraising efforts for JDRF.

 If you have any questions or need any additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 Thank you for your time,

 Marie-Anne, John, Hannah and Brennan.

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Date and time

May 3, 2014
Registration: 9:00 AM
Starts: 10:00AM
Length of walk: 5K


Ann Morrison Park
1000 Americana Blvd.
Boise, ID 83706



Stacey Bowen
(801) 530-0660

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