Welcome to Tristan's Walk to Cure Diabetes personal fundraising page!
We're joining this year's Walk to raise funds to improve the lives of millions of people with type 1 diabetes (T1D). The money we raise will help JDRF advance its strategic research plan to end T1D.
T1D is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, which the body needs to get energy from food. Managing the disease requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on insulin. With T1D there are no days off, and there is no cure.
JDRF is working every day to change that. And, as the largest nongovernmental funder of T1D research, every dollar JDRF directs toward its research plan comes from donors like you.
Please support our commitment and donate to our Walk fundraising efforts today. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease.
Tristan was diagnosed on July 1st 2013 and it was a day that will never be forgotten. Truly a day that started a new chapter in the lives of all of us who love Tristan and even more Tristan’s.
Tristan checks his blood about 8-10 times a day by pricking his finger and dropping blood on a test strip. He also takes on average 4 shots every day (sometimes more) along with meals and snacks. It's hard to imagine that a little boy at the age of five would need to start counting carbs and watching what he eats.
Most days are very good. Tristan has blessed us all with his attitude and perseverance since his diagnosis. He started checking his own blood and giving his own shots only two weeks into diagnosis. However, not every day is a great day. The tough times are when his classmates get to have snacks at school that Tristan instead has to take home so that we can figure out how many carbs are in the snack. Or, the other difficulties come when he's feeling under the weather; the routine not only involves blood checking but then urine tests and usually, instead of checking blood 8 times a day it turns into every two hours (and yes, this is through the night). Imagine having the stomach flu and not wanting to eat anything; well, when Tristan has the stomach bug it involves testing when he’s done in the bathroom and if his blood sugars are low (which they typically are in this instance) it involves drinking or eating some carb filled item….which usually doesn’t stick and you do this over and over.
Tristan is a determined kid who has learned to adapt and accept this new life of his. He’s truly remarkable and when you’re around him you know you are truly with someone special. God has given him the strength he’s needed (as he has given so many of us involved) and we truly thank God that he was diagnosed when he was and believe that Tristan will assist others in this journey somehow. The path is just starting for us that so many others have walked. The learning process has been tough and the tears have been many but if we can positively impact the lives of others with T1D or others not yet diagnosed-that is a victory!
We hope you'll consider supporting Tristan and all of us who know and love him in his quest to help find a cure for this condition.
Thank you for your support!
Nicole & The Family and Friends of Tristan Johnsrud