It is that time of year again, we are gearing up for our second annual walk to cure diabetes. Last year was a huge success for our team. We raised over $5,000 and were one of the top new teams. We hope we can match or exceed that amount this year.
Jada is six and in first grade, and has been conquering diabetes for about 1 ½ years. She loves school, gymnastics and has so many friends. This past summer Jada attended her first camp, Camp Needlepoint. There she spent the week with kids her age who also have type 1 diabetes. She absolutely loved camp, talked about it non-stop, and can?t wait to go back again this summer. Another exciting event for Jada this summer was she got an insulin pump. We still have her rigorous blood testing and we have to count, weigh or measure everything she eats. Her blood levels still need to be checked when she plays and sometimes when she sleeps. But now instead of her shots she has her insulin pump giving her the insulin. She is still not a fan of the set changes that happen every couple days (this is the site on her body where the insulin goes in). They are painful, but Jada is always a trooper and rarely complains!
As you have seen, she is full of smiles, laughs, and is a very happy young girl despite her daily diabetes routine. Jada does her own blood sugar checks and is very involved in her diabetes care at her young age. Jada continually amazes us and is such a blessing to have in our lives as a daily reminder of spirit, humility, and a positive attitude.
This year Jada completed an ?all about me? poster for a school project. One of the items on the poster was: ?If I had one wish?? Jada?s one wish was to not have diabetes anymore. It saddens our heart that a six year old, with all of the make believe or fun things you could think of Jada would choose to not have diabetes anymore. We also wish and pray more than anything that she will get to see her wish come true! This is where the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) can help obtain this wish for Jada and so many others. JDRF is the #1 non-profit funder of diabetes research worldwide. One of JDRF?s largest fundraising events is the "Walk to Cure Diabetes." We have a team called "Jada's Dawg Pound" and we are raising money towards this cause. This year's walk will be held on Saturday, February 23rd at the Mall of America starting at 8 am.
If you are interested, there are three ways you can help us make a difference for Jada:
If you are interested in purchasing a t-shirt for the walk, contact one of us with your size by February 10th. They will be black with white print. We will be using this same shirt for the next few years. Cost is $15.
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).