Welcome! You have now entered the domain of the SkyeTroopers - a force dedicated to serving our dark mistress little ladybug, Ridley Skye.
As you can tell, our family are geeks. ;) But we're geeks who are busting out of mom's basement and walking this November!
Why? Because in 2010, at the age of three, Ridley was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She now has to get her blood tested at every meal and get insulin shots daily. Possibly worse, our voracious little fruit and veggie eater now has to follow a very strict diet, instead of chowing down on all of her favorites whenever we had them.
Hopefully you already know this, but if not, let us clarify a little. Type 1 has nothing to do with the diet a child had before, or their weight. 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.
Well, there is no cure yet.
That's why we're walking. 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.
JDRF is the only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight T1D. Every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward research comes from donors like you. And the more we raise, the more JDRF will learn about this disease. The more we know, the more likely it is that Ridley will someday be free of this unrelenting barrage of testing and injections.
So troopers, are you up for walking with us? Are you able to fund our space station walk for a cure?
Bring it on, and we'll see you on Walk day!
|Denotes a Team Captain|