As many of you know, Kyle was diagnosed with diabetes when he was 18 months old. In 12 years, Kyle has gone from a baby where we managed everything for him to boy who, with help, gave himself insulin through a pump and checked his own blood levels, to a teen, who is 95% independent in caring for himself and making decisions for his own management. So far, this age has been the hardest. When he was younger, we had all of the control, but now, as much as we would like to think we are in control, Kyle has to step up to the plate in the morning, at school, and at his sports practices after school. It really is up to him to take care of himself by making sure that he still checks himself regularly throughout the day and gives himself insulin for his food that he is eating non-stop. It is a huge undertaking for an active 13 year old who, at this point, just wants diabetes to go away. Most of you understand that in our family, our philosophy has always been to make sure that this disease doesn?t rule our lives. Kyle plays basketball and baseball, goes on vacations, and does well in school?he?s normal (well, as normal as a 13 year old goofy boy can be).
And as amazing as the technology is today with the fancy meters that tell the pump directly what Kyle?s number is when he checks himself, to the insulin pump that calculates and delivers his insulin, it is not enough. We must cure Type 1 juvenile diabetes. This will change Kyle?s life (and ours) dramatically. No more finger pokes, no more counting (guessing) calories?no more site changes? no more panicking about him going low in the middle of the night when he sleeps over at a friend?s house? no more wondering that because he has had the disease for awhile now, how long before it affects his sight, kidneys or circulation?
As a family, we are dedicated to raising money for JDRF and a finding a cure. Our family team will be collecting donations from now throughout the month of May, and walking again in the JDRF Walk for a Cure in Tacoma, May 11. We would love to have you support our family team either by donating money, and/or walking with us.
If you are interested in donating to JDRF or walking with us May11, please visit the JDRF website and Kyle's donation page http://www2.jdrf.org/goto/Bestwalkers or send me a check (25761 215th Ct. SE, Maple Valley, WA 98038) by May 31 made out to JDRF. Thank you in advance for walking with and/or donating to our team this year. We appreciate all the support and love; we know a cure cannot happen without you.
Susan, Doug, Ryan and Kyle
Will you accept the challenge to make a difference by walking with us? All we need you to do is click on the "Join this Team" button, make a donation, and begin fundraising. It?s simple, fast, and fun!
Thank you for your support, and we?ll see you on Walk day!