Welcome to our JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes team page!
We're taking steps to help JDRF progressively remove the impact of type 1 diabetes (T1D) from people's lives until no one has to fear developing this disease. By joining our Walk to Cure Diabetes team and making a donation to JDRF, you'll raise money to help fund critical T1D research and create a world without T1D.
Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. It cannot be prevented and there is no cure.
The challenge we've set ourselves - to raise money for JDRF and to walk - is modest compared to the daily challenges of life with T1D, which involves a 24/7, unrelenting cycle of blood sugar testing and insulin injections to manage the disease.
Unfortunately our family is all too familiar with the 24/7 aspect of this disease, as my daughter, Riley, was diagnosed with Type 1 nearly 8 years ago, at the age of 3. Since then life has been kind of like Groundhog Day - a constant routine of testing blood sugar, giving insulin, counting carbs, changing pump sites, etc. She tests her blood sugar, which requires poking her finger with a lancet, about 11 times a day (incluging the middle of the night) - that's 4,015 pokes a year. When she was first diagnosed she got her insulin via shots - about 5 a day. She got an insulin pump when she was 4 - no more shots! However, the site that allows the pump to deliver the insulin has to be changed every three days (unless it falls out sooner), which is another needle stick - probably about 826 sticks since she started on the pump. However, you wouldn't know any of this just by looking at her. She's just a "normal" 10, soon to be 11 year old. She enjoys school, swims competitively, loves to draw, wants to be a marine biologist, and is looking forward to spending time at the beach this summer. Riley hasn't let diabetes slow her down. It doesn't define who she is, or what she can do - it's just a small part of who she is. My hope is that one day she won't have to deal with all of this anymore - the finger sticks, the awareness of every piece of food she puts in her mouth, the giving insulin. She is an amazing girl and she deserves a cure.
Thank you for your support, and we'll see you on Walk day!
The Johnson Family
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Your contribution and fundraising makes sure those with T1D live healthier lives today, and someday, a life free of T1D. Wyatt, a JDRF Youth Ambassador says:
Take the first step and be a hero to someone with T1D!