Welcome to our JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes Team Page!
My Story: Two years ago, in the summer prior to my senior year of high school I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) and my life as I knew would now be different. Instead of being able to jump up and play a game of soccer or eat whatever I wanted, when I wanted, I now first have to make sure I stop and test my blood sugar and give myself insulin. God took me out of my comfort zone of not having to worry about things such as this. Even though it can get tiring constantly having to check my blood sugar, waking up in the middle of some nights with a low blood sugar and scrambling to find food, and making sure I always carry the necessities with me, it is a constant reminder that God is watching over me. Unlike most people diagnosed with T1D, I thankfully was not hospitalized when we first found. My blood sugar was not as high as most peoples when diagnosed (mine was only 250, most people when diagnosed are 500+ and a person's blood sugar is supposed to be between 70-100). At that moment, I knew that God as watching over me. He knew how much I disliked needles (haha, I know, a diabetic that does not like needles, go figure) and a few nights in a hospital, hooked up to who knows how many needles and wires was not something I would have looked forward to. Even though at the time it was hard it seems that each day it gets just a little bit easier in way. This transition was hard at times and if it was not for the support and prayers of my family, friends, and God, I would not have handled this situation as well as I am.
This is my first year to be able to walk in the walk (as last year I was away at college, but my family was able to walk for me) and I am beyond excited to participate! I appreciate any support you can give and I thank you for your in advance! ~Jessica
My experience in a nutshell from my family and friends side:
Our daughter/sister/friend, Jessica, was diagnosed 2 years ago at age 17 with Type 1 diabetes. This was a significant life changing event. If you ask people with T1D, they will tell you it is difficult and they know it never goes away. Jessica has a great attitude & is doing well, but like anyone with Type 1 diabetes, they would like a cure. They would like to not be dependent on insulin & having to check their blood sugar all the time. Can you please help? Are you willing to donate towards finding a cure?
We are taking steps to help JDRF achieve its goal of improving the lives of all people affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D) by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. By joining our Walk Team and/or making a donation, you will be helping us to raise funds to directly support research with the greatest potential to conquer this disease.
We are motivated by the courage and perseverance of those facing the everyday challenges of type 1 diabetes - they are the reason we challenge ourselves to give more, to do more, to achieve more. We challenge ourselves to make a real difference in the lives of those with T1D.
Will you accept the challenge to make a difference by walking with us? All we need you to do is click on the "Join this Team" button, make a donation, and begin fundraising. It’s simple, fast, and fun!
Thank you for your support, and we’ll see you on Walk day!
|Denotes a Team Captain|
Barbara and Joseph Grande
Dorm E85 & misc
Doug and Margaret
Five Below, Inc.
Katie & Markus Roberts
Mr. and Mrs. Michele Ashworth
Mrs. Amy Moore
Mrs. Lorraine Gibbs
Ms. Christina Correa
Ms. Robin Bragg
The Holmes Family
The Skinny Dip Inc.
The Taylor Family
The Truett Family