Dear Friends & Family,
I am writing to you on behalf of Lindsi Young.
This year's campaign is very important not just to our family but to all that knew Lindsi. We walk each year in memorial of Lindsi and her fight to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes and putting a stop to losing our children. When Lindsi was born it was our instinct to protect her from harm and when Lindsi was diagnosed it became our full time goal to protect her even more. This will be our fourth year as part of the JDRF Walk for a Cure. Lindsi chose her team name the first year due to her love for PEACE signs. We will be joining in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes which will be held on October 5, 2013 at Shelby Farms. Even though Lindsi is not physically here with us her drive and determination keep us motivated to find a cure for Juvenile Diabetes.
Camille, National Volunteer Chair for JDRF Advocacy, posed a question. She asked all of us is “Who do you walk for?” Camille is a parent of a child who suffers with type 1 diabetes. Camille has fears each time her child has an issue…JDRF says everyone has a reason to walk. Who's your #1?
As most of you know, our beloved granddaughter, Lindsi Young passed away September 29, 2010 at the young age of 13 years old. Lindsi was diagnosed with Type 1 Juvenile diabetes eighteen months earlier at the age of eleven. Our loss of Lindsi was devastating, just as juvenile diabetes is devastating to every family that lives with it. Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, is a devastating disease that affects millions of people, a large and growing percentage of them children.
This year we walk to remember Lindsi and her 18 month journey with Type 1 diabetes. Two years ago Lindsi passed away three days before the 2010 JDRF walk due to an EMT making a wrong medical call. Lindsi was unconscious due to late night severe hypoglycemia. If mild or moderate hypoglycemia isn't treated right away, it can turn into severe hypoglycemia. People with severe hypoglycemia usually pass out. If you pass out, someone should call 911 right away to get immediate medical attention. We called 911 an EMT answered our call. When she arrived, we tried to explain the fact that Lindsi was a brittle diabetic and had low blood sugars. Despite our pleas to the EMT to treat Lindsi’s diabetes, she listed Lindsi diagnosis as a possible drug over dose. This mistake delayed the critical care Lindsi needed for over 24 hours. On September 29, 2010 our lives changed forever when Lindsi passed away at Le Bonheur Hospital.
Last year the “Peace 4 Lindsi” walk team raised $6,000 and this year we would like to do that again, but we cannot do it without your support. My prayer is that we continue to honor Lindsi, not only by participating in the JDRF walk, but raising awareness. Our family would like to ask you to join in our efforts to help with this goal. Our team name is still “Peace 4 Lindsi.” Please sign up to walk and donate whatever you can. Also, forward this link to your family and friends and ask them to sponsor you or join you at the walk.
For those who may not be aware…The JDRF Ambassadors in Memphis set up a memorial fund in Lindsi’s honor. Through this fund they have been able to sponsor 7 children so that they can attend Camp Hopewell. Not only does this help the families and children it also gives us hope in knowing that Lindsi did not die in vain. Instead her memory will live on and others will continue to remember her and her fight.
On August 26 we would have celebrated Lindsi’s 16th birthday. She would be in her thrid year in high school and learning how to drive. She had so many dreams and plans like any teenager. But in one moment a misdiagnosis by an EMT shattered her dreams and she was gone.
Please stop and take one moment and go to http://www2.jdrf.org/goto/lindsiyoung
web page join the “Peace 4 Lindsi” team and make a difference.
Deborah & Barry Sawyer
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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Barry and Deborah Sawyer
Barry and Deborah Sawyer
Company- Lindsi's Helpers
Faye and Debbie Parker
Jimmy and mona Tate
Karen Parker Trotter
Lee and Lynne (Parker) Ramsey
Leigh Strickland and Justin
mary ann hamilton
Mr. Bob Conti
Mr. Bob Conti
Mr. Dennis Adderson Sawyer
Mr. Frank D Young
Mrs. Alesia Register
Mrs. Deborah Lynn Sawyer
Mrs. Kim White
Ms. Connie Arrington
Rich and Kelly Williams
The Sawyer Family for JDRF Royal Ambassadors
Tracy & Leigh Emery
Tracy Walsh & Family