This year, while we wish we could join the walk with the thousands of other people who want to be a part of working towards a cure for Type 1 Diabetes, we are unable to be at the Mall of America for the One Walk. We are going to be in Wisconsin, where Pete is doing the American Birkebeiner Ski marathon. He will ski 50K (about 32 miles) as one of 10,000 skiers. Here's a great video recap from last year's Birkie.
We still think the goals of the JDRF One Walk -- raising money to support Type 1 diabetes research -- are vitally important and we want to throw our support behind this great event even though we can't be there. For this reason, we are asking for people to join us in contributing to our team: The Teag League. Our team is named for our daughter, Teagan, who was diagnosed with T1D at Christmas time in 2014 when she was six years old. Now eight, Teagan's a thriving and active third grader. While she's used to all the finger pokes and carb-counting that comes with her diagnosis, if she had her pick (or if we had OUR pick) she would give T1D the boot.
Teagan and her two big brothers will participate in the 3K Barnebirkie event before Pete skis the Birkie. This is their contribution to the physical component of the One Walk event at the Mall of America. We hope you'll consider supporting our team even though we won't all be able to walk together in person.
Just as a quick intro to Type 1 Diabetes, when you have T1D, your pancreas stops producing insulin—a hormone essential to turning food into energy. If you have T1D, you must constantly monitor your blood-sugar level, inject or infuse insulin through a pump, and carefully balance these insulin doses with your eating and activity.
Living with T1D means there are no days off and there is no cure. But there is hope.
By donating or joining our JDRF One Walk® team today, you’ll help fund research to improve the lives of everyone challenged by T1D. With your support, JDRF will turn Type One into Type None.
Your donation will count towards the team's fundraising total. In addition, please give credit to the person that asked for your support to recognize them for their efforts in creating a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D).