Dear Friends and Family,
It's that time of year! Time to help find a CURE! Eight and a half years ago our daughter Paige was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Type 1 Diabetics (unlike type 2) do not produce insulin. Paige's pancreas no longer produces insulin and she is insulin dependent the rest of her life. Because of this Paige is at risk with the complications of having diabetes (seizures, stroke, kidney failure, blindness and death).
Since Paige was diagnosed she has "pricked her fingers" over 27,320 times and given herself over 13,366 insulin shots/injections. She sees an endocrinologist every 3 months, has a yearly eye exam on top of all her other doctor appointments to stay on top of her diabetes.
Paige is in her junior year of college at Samford University in Birmingham. We are so proud of how well she has done "without her parents" and we were so fortunate that Paige had no complications. Paige was "ready" and "prepared" and has handled "being on her own" just as we prayed she would. We are so proud of her. Being away from home is hard enough, try having a chronic illness and not having your parents nearby.
Paige was a volunteer staff member at Camp Kudzu, a camp for type 1 diabetic children this past summer. This camp has truly been a blessing to her in so many ways. It is one place she can go and be with others "just like her"... they all know what it is like to have type 1diabetes. (Camp Kudzu is not a part of JDRF or the ADA). Paige was also a summer camp counselor at a camp near us. She has volunteered there for 7 years and a "paid" counselor for 3 years.
As you can see Paige has not let diabetes stop her, but at times in reality it does. It can make you late or miss a class if your blood sugar is "too low" or "too high" and if her level is "low" or "high" she cannot drive, exercise, focus , eat (if too high)...either just makes you feel "really sick" as Paige puts it. In college there's not Mom to call in and say you are sick?it was a whole new world and hard? but she made it!
I of course had a huge fear of Paige going away. This has been one of my biggest worries since she was diagnosed. I am still sometimes scared of the thought of Paige "on her own", in a place where no one "knows fully about type 1 diabetes". Paige is 3 hours away from me and I try not to think what happens when her blood sugars go extremely low or high or if her insulin pump breaks, runs out of insulin or batteries during the night and stops giving her insulin. What will she do? ( I have learned she'll handle it!) What will happen? (She's in God's hands) Will she call me? (Probably not, but that's OK).
Does she have enough food? (Hope so) Does she have juice boxes? (I hope). The "fear" questions for me go on and on, even year three.
It is hard not to ask Paige "how are your blood sugars?" when she calls, but I don't ask, well, not much.
I want her to have a "normal" college experience. I am so proud of her for training her roommate and RA on what to do in case of an emergency, putting in a 504 Plan for her protection in college and also for e mailing her professors and letting them know she has type 1 diabetes. These are all steps that most college students don?t usually have to do.
Every hour a child is diagnosed with diabetes. One in 500 children have type 1 diabetes. These children did nothing to "get" diabetes. There is no cure. Insulin is not a cure it is merely life support. There was no way for us to protect our daughter, but as her parents we can do something and that is to help find a CURE for type 1 diabetes!
Our promise to Paige when she was diagnosed was that we would never stop helping find a cure. We hope that you can help with this promise.
Type 1 diabetes is not going away. More children and adults are being diagnosed daily, no one knows why. The only way to find a cure is through research and research cannot be done without funding. It?s that simple.
On Saturday, October 20th we will walk at Centennial Olympic Park and on Sunday, October 21st we will walk at Tribble Mill Park in Lawrenceville at the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes. It is a 3 mile walk and starts at 8am (Sat) or 2:00pm (Sun). So for all you people who love to walk, now is your chance because we have 2 days! Our entire family will be there this year, Paige, Harrison, our new daughter in law Helen and Mallory (who now works for JDRF). We hope you can join us for one of these days! We will be having "team t- shirts" for the first time and if you walk you will get one! So be sure to register early before they run out!
In the last 8 years she has raised over $97,000! We would love to break $100,000 this year! Can you help us? No gift is ever too small. Every donation is deeply appreciated.
Our family thanks you for your support in finding a cure and it has been very moving for Paige and us to see how many people care the last 8 ˝ years. We do believe there will be a cure in her lifetime and with your help you will have been a part of it. We have seen so many developments in technology since she was diagnosed that we know there is a cure out there soon.
Thank you in advance for your support,
Eloise, Frank, and Paige Lamons
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Carlyle & Nancy ROberts
Dale Madison and Holly
David and Ellen Simmons
Dr. and Mrs. Caroline Matheny
Dr. and Mrs. William F. Allen
Helen and Harrison Lamons
Michael and Sandra Cavill
Mr. Marc Jean-Jacques
Mrs. Heidi Sprinkle
Mrs. Lou ellen Bonfanti
Mrs. Yi-Ching Hsu
Ms. Kimberly Rayborn
Ms. Lauren Edwards
Paige, Eloise, and Candy Corn Lamons
Ron & Gail Dawson
Ron and Mary Pressman
Roxie & Jerry Prescott
The Mike Collins Family
The Nelson Family
The Shinn Family
Tim and Debbie Ely