Two years ago, almost to the day, our two-year-old little girl lay on a bed in the Emergency Room in the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She had an IV drip in one tiny hand, blood drawn from the other. My husband and I never felt more helpless. Within an hour, she was diagnosed with type I diabetes (T1D).
Although we were scared about what this diagnoses meant and how it would change our lives, after a few hours of receiving insulin, Aya Sofia started acting like herself. She was talking and playing in the hospital room. She didn’t even seem to mind the two IVs in her tiny little arms. Over the next couple of days, our family learned how to test Aya Sofia’s blood sugars, how to give injections of insulin, and a how to count the carbohydrates in Aya Sofia’s food.
Before insulin was first used to treat type I Diabetes in 1922, children, like Aya Sofia, would slowly become comatose and eventually die from diabetic ketonacidosis. With research and development, treatment for Type I Diabetes has made leaps and bounds. Today, Aya Sofia has an insulin pump that gives her insulin immediately and a continuous glucose monitor that tracks her patterns of blood sugar levels over 200 times a day. With these amazing treatments, Aya Sofia is a healthy four-year-old.
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 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 like Aya Sofia 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! Remember to wear purple - Aya's favorite color.
|Aya Sofia's Team Purplicious||Raised|
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Brendan, Jessica & various progeny Ribera
Debbie, Gil and Ava
Ed & Linda Peterson
Fiona and Keira Keiser
Kipp & Cathy Gilmore-Clough
Mr and Mrs Looch
Mr. Ismael C. Alvarez
Mr. Michael Meketon
Mr. Tim Clair
Mrs. Rachel Beth Hoover
Ms. Grace Marie Gerber
Ms. Jessica McAtamney
Ms. Sarah Peterson
The Wright Family
Yun & Hill Family