Hi and welcome to my Believe Team fundraising page for the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes! I am taking the steps to help achieve JDRF's mission: to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. I hope you will considering joining my team, raising money to support valuable reseach and showing your support for me on Walk Day. The JDRF Walk makes a big difference in the lives of millions of people like me affected by Type 1 Diabetes. On Walk day, it's great to look around and see all the support I have from my friends, family and community.
As you may know already, Type 1 Diabetes is an auto-immune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly, without any known reason or a cure. It can lead to serious complications, including pretty scary stuff like heart disease, blindness, amputations, etc. It's definitely an overwhelming disease to face every day -- 24/7! Since I was diagnosed 7 years ago, I have not had a single break - 2500 straight days and counting, of 10 finger pricks plus the constant carbohydrate counting of every morsel of food I put in my mouth...day after day after day.
I went on a great trip to Washinton D.C. over Spring Break with my 7th grade class. It was awesome, but I had so much more to think about and prepare for than my classmtes because of my diabetes. My dad had to go along on the trip to make sure my blood sugar stayed in range during our 4-night stay at a hotel. I had to look up the nutrional information of all the restuarants we ate at so I could try to count my carbs correctly. We had to take all of my diabetes supplies with me through airport security -- all the insulin, needles, my insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor usually require me to be searched and my bag unpacked. I had to make sure I had back up insulin, pump supplies and fast acting sugar while we toured the monuments and museums in case something malfunctioned or my blood sugar went low from all of the walking we did (40 miles in 4 days!). My dad had to come in the hotel room I was sharing with 3 of my classmates to give me juice in the middle of the night because I had low blood sugars. It could have freaked out some kids, but luckily my friends understood. I also lost the device I use to prick my finger on the last day of the trip, so my dad had to just take a needle and jab my finger to get some blood to test. That wasn't fun for either of us. I just hate how diabetes draws attention to me and makes me feel different - not in a good way - when I prick my finger in public, have to visit the nurse's office everyday at school, etc. It stinks!
I am asking for your support to help my wish for a cure come true. Please consider making a donation or joining my team. To my neighbors and friends in Des Moines, I invite you to join my team on May 10th for the Walk for the Cure at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Just click the 'Join My Team' link. To make a team donation, click on the 'Donate to Ben' button at the top of this page. Your support has and continues to mean so much to me and gives me hope of a cure coming soon.