On August 2nd, 2014, our family will participate in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes in East Lansgin, MI. We are asking for your help in reaching our fundraising goal - no donation is too small. All of the proceeds from our walk will help/be donated to finding a cure for Juvenile Diabetes. This disease/condition/situation affects us personally because Cody and Austin both have Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes.
Pictured is Cody (7) and Austin (9). If you see them in person, you would think they are normal, healthy kids. Both of them love playing at the beach, the playground, soccer, archery, flag football, tae kwon do, 4 wheeling, camping and bonfires and so much more. But there is more planning behind the scenes for them to do all of these activities than just fitting them in the calendar.
On November 13, 2006, two weeks before Austin’s 2nd birthday, Austin went to the emergency room and found out he has Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes. On March 24, 2011, little brother Cody was also diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes after a trip to the emergency room. The results with both boys were the same: they are insulin dependent for the rest of their lives and although they look like normal, healthy kids, their lives are far from normal.
Austin and Cody are very aware of their diabetes. They will explain and talk openly about their situation. They don’t fully understand what all of this means because sometimes they have to eat when they don’t want to, sometimes they cannot eat when they are hungry, and before they eat anything they must check their glucose, count carbohydrates and deliver insulin to themselves - which is a challenge to them every day.
Austin and Cody monitor their blood sugar 6-10 times a day. The poke in their finger feels like a fresh paper cut every time. They each wear an insulin pump that delivers a continuous drip of insulin to them every day. Without this pump, they would each receive 18 shots in the course of 3 days.
Cody and Austin will be insulin dependent for the rest of their lives unless we find a cure. Both boys want to live like other kids. They often say, “Diabetes is yucky and I don’t want to have it!” Every day they struggle doing things they don’t want to do. Every day as parents, we worry the boys may develop complications such as kidney disease, blindness, heart disease, stroke and nerve damage leading to amputation, no matter how careful they are at following their regimen. Statistically they are likely to live 15 years less than the average person.
Our only hope is a cure and your donation is where we begin!