"A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles."- Christopher Reeve
We will turn Type One into Type None
Welcome to Kaleb's JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes Team Page!
Kaleb was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes also known as Juvinille Diabetes in January of 2013 at the age of 4 years old. It has only been 1 year since his diagnosis but with in this time he has had to put up with over 2,555 finger pricks and over 2,190 shots just to keep him alive. It is something that would be difficult for anyone to have to deal with but Kaleb has taken it all in stride and has been such a strong little man throughout this journey.
Type 1 (T1D, insulin-dependent or juvenile) can occur at any age, but most commonly is diagnosed from infancy to the late 30s. In this type of diabetes, a person’s pancreas produces little or no insulin. T1D occurs when the body’s own defense system (the immune system) attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. People with T1D must inject insulin several times every day or continually infuse insulin through a pump. Our little Kaleb is currently using an insulin pump to manage his diabetes. It is not a cure but is used to help maintian life for him. Even though Kaleb is connected to his pump all the time he still needs to get several finger pokes a day to manage his blood glucose readings. It has also been able to help keep his numbers in a safe range. His numbers will often change due to stress, physical activity, metabolism, hormones, food intake and illness and part of being a parent to a child with T1D is closely monitoring his numbers and making sure the right adjustments are made. There are many health risks associated with high blood sugars and low blood sugars so managaing this disease is a delicate situation.
We are taking steps to help JDRF achieve its goal of improving the lives of all people, including our darling Kaleb, 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, Kaleb's Krew, 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 that our Kaleb has shown through this diagnosis and the perseverance of those facing the everyday challenges of type 1 diabetes. Kaleb is the reason we are challenging ourselves to give more, to do more and to achieve more. We challenge YOU to join us in making a real difference in the lives of those with T1D.
Please accept Kaleb's Crew's 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!