day arrived for the annual trek to NC to deposit Alexander at college
for another year. This year, on a rainy Saturday in late August I was
struck with the reality that this time next year I will be depositing
two sons at college, and I tried to stem the rising tide of panic that
threatened to overtake me at the thought of Austin heading off to
college in one year's time. Where did the time go? Has he learned
everything he needs to know to manage his diabetes with vigilance and
still enjoy the freedom that college life brings? Will he remember to
keep track of all of his medical supplies and have emergency glucose on
him at all times? Will his roommate be understanding? And what about
those awful nighttime low blood sugars? The dreaded time in the life of
every mom of a child with type 1 diabetes has arrived all too quickly.
so the quest for a cure continues...and this year JDRF has continued to
make tremendous strides in research, thanks to your generous support.
I'm excited to update you on two promising research areas that I told
you about last year, the artificial pancreas and the encapsulation
artificial pancreas, which combines an insulin pump with a continuous
glucose monitor via sophisticated algorithms housed in a smartphone
continues to advance rapidly. Next month a long-term human trial over an
11-14 week period will begin to test unsupervised daily and overnight
use of an artificial pancreas system designed to keep blood glucose
within a specific range by automatically adjusting insulin delivery.
addition, a few weeks ago the FDA approved the launch of a human
clinical trial to test the effectiveness of a JDRF-funded encapsulation
device. This device is a permeable, protective barrier that will
encapsulate newly created islet cells (insulin producing cells) to hide
them from the immune system attack. The device is implanted under the
skin and will provide insulin independence for 18 months to 2 years.
Imagine Austin being able to go for up to 2 years at a time without even
thinking about diabetes!
research progress has been tremendous, especially in the last 4 years.
Four years ago we were only funding 17 human clinical trials; today we
are funding more than 50. We currently have $570M in research grants
around the world. Many of our trials are multi-year and really depend on
consistent funding. Will you help us continue our tremendous research
progress and in so doing be a part of the cure?
You can help cure T1D by supporting Team Austin-Strike Out Diabetes at the JDRF OneWalk in 3 ways: 1.
Make a contribution to Team Austin on this page or by sending me a
check payable to JDRF, marked Team Austin-Strike Out Diabetes. 2.
After making your contribution, register to join us on Walk Day-Sunday
October 26 at the Art Museum. Festivities kick off at 9:00am. 3.
Forward this email to your friends, sharing the great advances in T1D
research and invite them to be a part of the cure as well!
I also ask you to do one more thing? JDRF funds over $100M every year
in diabetes research. In addition, every year for since 1997, the
Congress has approved at least $150M in research funding to the NIH
through the Special Diabetes Program. Our multi-year, human-based
clinical trials depend on the annual re-approval of the SDP. Our
tremendous research progress would be significantly slowed down without
this funding from the NIH. Would you please join us as a JDRF Advocate
today? I promise you the registration is a snap, and JDRF will only
reach out to you a couple of times a year (at Senate or House voting
times). When you get an email from JDRF Advocacy, you then send an
email-that is COMPLETELY set up for you-to your senators or
representative. It takes 2 clicks on the computer and it's done! And you
get to participate in the functioning of your government!
Please sign up today at http://advocacy.jdrf.org/join-us-2/
Thank you for your support. It really is making a difference!
Until there's a cure, Bonnie, Jon, Austin, Alexander, and Alicia