We are participating in our 3rd annual JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes in Forest Park. Since Joe was diagnosed, we have tested his blood sugar over 7,000 times, had 8 Hemoglobin A1C's, 3 IV's, several thousand insulin injections, nearly 200 insulin infusion set changes, and several hundred continuous glucose monitors placed into his arm. That is a grand total of over 10,000 sticks since diagnosis at 4 years old. He is now 6, and he does it with a smile on his face. To think of all of the frustrations he has faced as we upgraded to new equipment, he has taken it like a champ. We are so proud of how great he is doing.
As we kick off our fundraising campaign, Joe is finishing up kindergarten. He has some pretty amazing people at his school who make it possible for him to stay at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School. The school does not have a school nurse, so several staff memebers volunteered to care for him. JDRF sent an educator to teach the staff. They have been amazing in taking care of him at school. It is great for us to know that he is in good hands when he is at school.
Joe has been on an insulin pump for about a year. He is doing great with it. We still have highs and lows, but they do not seem to happen nearly as often as it did when on injections. His Hemoglobin A1C's (a lab that is basically a report card of blood glucose control for the past 3 months), have continued to improve with each visit. Joe is still seeing Dr. Galgani, his pediatric endocrinologist. Dr. Galgani has been wonderful with Joe. Joe really looks forward to seeing him! Dr. Galgani gave Joe information about a week long camp for children with diabetes. Joe will be able to go next summer and is really excited. I'm not sure how I feel about sending him to camp for a week, but I do know that children with diabetes are taught how to be more independant while they are there. They learn about managing their own disease, improving their diet, exercise, etc. while swimming, playing ball, rope climbing, and doing many other activities that would be fun for any child. The camp looks like a lot of fun & Joe will be going to his first diabetes camp in the summer of 2014!
While Joe hates diabetes, he loves having this walk to help find the cure! There is so much amazing research that is being done & there is even an artificial pancreas that is in trials. These things all happen because of donations. JDRF has been such a support to our family since his diagnosis. We hope that you can support our team so that Jospeh's wish of a cure will come true some day.
Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, is a devastating disease that affects millions of people, a large and growing percentage of them children.
There is some good news, though. JDRF is our best hope for finding a cure. It funds more type 1 diabetes research than any other charity worldwide and it's making progress along many promising paths toward better treatments and a cure.
Now, more than ever, you can make a crucial difference. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible? Together, we can make the cure a reality!
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.
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, they 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.
Each member of our team is already hard at work in their fundraising. 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!
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Charlie and Wayneanne Newton
Company Roma's Pizza
Craig and Melanie Harms
Don & Elaine Withers
Dr. Agnes Withers
Jacob Long and Vicky & Preston Waltrip
Jean and Floyd
Jerry and Paula Brooks
John & Jennifer Fowler
Katie & Matthew Newton
Lucas & Anna
Mary Lou Klocke
Miss Elouise Bargiel
Miss Tara Dille
Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Newton
Mrs. Monica L Brooks
Nick Sarah Daniels
Patti & mark schaake
Pilar & Brandi Oller
Rob and Kristen Sidwell