Welcome to our JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes Team Page! We are taking the steps to help achieve JDRF?s mission: to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.
Why is this important to us? Life for the Matros family changed drastically on September 17, 2008. Our oldest child Mackenzie, who was 6 years old and in her first few weeks of 1st grade, had been ill and was admitted to the hospital. Within hours of her admission, she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. She spent 5 days in the hospital, including 2 days in the Pediatric Intensive Care unit. During that time Tim & I received a major crash course in what this disease is and how our lives would forever be affected. Just 8 short months later on May 27, 2009, our middle child Caleb, was also diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Caleb had just celebrated his 5th birthday two weeks earlier. Fortunately Caleb was diagnosised very early and he did not get ill like Mackenzie, but the night we told him was a very traumatic night for him, especially when he received his first insulin shot.
How does Type 1 Diabetes affect our daily lives? At the young ages of 6 & 5, Mackenzie & Caleb's simple care-free childhood was taken from them. They still a relatively normal life, but their daily schedule includes finger pokes and testing their blood to check their blood sugar anywhere from 5 - 8+ times a day. They both require insulin, which they receive throughout the day with the use of an insulin pump. We have to monitor what and when they eat and count the grams of carbohydrates they consume. They are limited to the number of carbohydrates they can eat between meals. If their blood sugar levels are too high or too low, it can affect their temperment, personality and ability to focus. Long-term high blood sugar can have several health complications and if blood sugars fall too low, it could cause seizures and other serious dangers. It is a manageable disease, and we all do the best we can! The kids handle it well - they are really amazing kids!
The money our JDRF Walk Team raises will go directly to support this life-changing research.
The JDRF Walk is a fantastic way to make a difference in the millions of lives of people affected by type 1 diabetes. For at least that one day, Mackenzie & Caleb will look around and see all the support they have from their friends, family and community. On Walk Day, everyone can have fun and celebrate how much closer to a cure we are because of their efforts.
If you have taken time to visit our team page today, we ask that you consider making a donation or joining our team. To make a team donation, click on the "Donate" button at the top of this page or if you would like to make your gift to one of the team members please click on their name below. To join our team, click the join team link below.
Thank you. Together, we will cure type 1 diabetes and its complications! Every year there are many discoveries that bring us closer to that realization.
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).