For those that don?t know I have been with the JDRF Westchester Chapter for the past 5 years trying to raise money to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. In the 5 years I have been the Walk Chair as well as a proud member of the Board of Directors. Last year I had the pleasure of being elected to a 2 year term as the President of the Westchester Chapter.
The past several years I have reached out to you for donations to the ?Walk for a Cure? because my nephew and niece have both been living with Juvenile Diabetes for many years. My father was also affected by this disease for most of his life and passed away from complications related to type 1 diabetes. Diabetes affects many parts of the body including the kidneys, pancreas? It was a long hard battle for him his entire life.
Both my niece and nephew have been dealing with the daily concerns, issues and worries that go along with type 1 diabetes and the continued reliance on checking their glucose levels many times during the day and injecting themselves with live saving drugs. I wish I could give them an answer on when we might find a cure for type 1 diabetes so they could stop the testing and injecting and lead what many would call a ?normal? life.
There is no current cure for diabetes AND we want to change that. The millions of people living with type 1 diabetes will never outgrow it. They will be insulin-dependent for the rest of their lives. In addition to the rigorous testing and injection schedule, all of their food intake must be closely monitored. WE WANT TO CHANGE THAT.
I know that you all receive multiple emails, letters and phone calls from friends, neighbors and family members asking for donations and support. The JDRF is very dear to my heart and I am asking for any amount of a donation that you can possibly make. Every dollar helps us to fund research to bring us closer to finding a cure to type 1 diabetes. If each person donated just ten dollars we will be on our way. I have set a goal of $2000 for the 2011Walk for a Cure. By clicking on the link below it will take you directly to my donation page.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss this with me please feel free to call me anytime. You are all such important people in my life and I appreciate anything that you can donate. Please also feel free to join my Walk Team and help find a cure for type 1 diabetes.
October 16, 2011
Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway
810 Yonkers Avenue, Yonkers, NY
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Diabetes affects 25.8 million people in the US alone. That equates to 8.3% of the U.S. population. Type 1 diabetes develops when the body?s immune system destroys pancreatic beta cells, the only cells in the body that make the hormone insulin that regulates blood glucose. To survive, people with type 1 diabetes must have insulin delivered by injection or a pump. This form of diabetes usually strikes children and young adults, although disease onset can occur at any age. Risk factors for type 1 diabetes may be autoimmune, genetic, or environmental. There is no known way to prevent type 1 diabetes. Several clinical trials for preventing type 1 diabetes are currently in progress or are being planned.
"Both children and adults like me who live with type 1 diabetes need to be mathematicians, physicians, personal trainers, and dieticians all rolled into one. We need to be constantly factoring and adjusting, making frequent finger sticks to check blood sugars, and giving ourselves multiple daily insulin injections just to stay alive." - JDRF International Chairman Mary Tyler Moore
My sincerest regards,
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