Welcome to Jackson's JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes team page!
Many of you have donated to Jackson's team over the past 3 years and are familiar with his story. Thank you so very much! If you're visiting for the first time, I'd like to share with you a little bit more about my son.
Jackson is 14 years old and was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was 11. Christmas was just around the corner and we stopped in to the pediatrician's office to see why he was so thirsty. We were ushered straight to Children's hospital and stayed until Christmas Eve. I brought him home in the snow and his whole new life began - on Christmas Day. Wow - some present!
Type 1 doesn't run in our family so we were all stunned. To say that everything changed that day is such an understatement....especially for Jackson. But let me say this: Jackson rocks! He has lived the last 3 plus years like a super hero. For him to STAY ALIVE this is what he has to do every single day: draw blood from his fingers a minimum of 4 times a day, count the carbs in every single item of food that enters his mouth, tell his pump how much insulin to administer through the catheter in his body to cover the food, monitor the amounts of insulin that constantly drip into his body through his pump that he is connected to 24 hours a day! Every three days he changes his pump site - this involves a very large needle that does hurt when it inserts the tiny catheter into his body. He rarely complains! He weathers the highs that make him feel awful and can necessitate hospitalization, and he toughs out the lows that can come out of nowhere and be very dangerous.
And he does all of this while he is still a typical teenager – which means that his mom does not rock! He manages his disease while putting up with a parent who sometimes worries too much, who sneaks in during the middle of the night for a blood sugar check, who too often reminds him to check his blood sugar. A mom who in public will ask him, "Jackson, are you high???" A mom who calls teachers and friends and principals and pastors to make sure he is well cared for.
But Jackson manages me very well too! In spite of all of this work, he is one of the coolest kids on the planet. He LOVES music and just this year has released his first EP. Skrillex, Dead Mau5 and Dillon Francis blare from his room all the time! He rides his mountain bike, hangs out with his friends and annoys his older brother and sister. He attends Camp Sweeney every summer and has begun to DJ for some of their dances. (This is a camp just for children living with Type 1.)
Sharing just a little bit about someone I love more than anything, someon who has to work way too hard to live. Will you help us find a cure for this disease so that Jackson won't have to put up with my asking him if he is high?
|Jackson Manning Culp's Team||Raised|
|Denotes a Team Captain|
Dr. Elisabeth S Brockie
Mark, Kim, Marcus, Julia and Lane
Mike and Lee-Ann
Mrs. Pamela Culp
Mrs. Shauna Miller
Prisca, Haven, Hannah and Max
Quest Diagnostics - Dr. Elisabeth Brockie
The Correa Family - Jerry, Amanda, Alex and Roo
Wren, Mabry and Mom