Welcome to our JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes team page!
We're taking steps to help JDRF progressively remove the impact of type 1 diabetes (T1D) from people's lives until no one has to fear developing this disease. By joining our Walk to Cure Diabetes team and making a donation to JDRF, you'll raise money to help fund critical T1D research and create a world without T1D.
Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. It cannot be prevented and there is no cure.
This disorder became prevalent when I, Amy Fleszewski, turned 10 years old. It was the night of Halloween and the week before I had been getting increasingly sick. My father took me to the ER the night of Halloween because we knew something just wasn't right, I couldn't keep anything down and had lost 30lbs in one week. At the ER they announced I had type 1 diabetes and my blood sugar levels were so high they couldn't read what they were. As my dad said they told him "You have a very sick girl." I was transported from the ER to two different hospitals until I landed at Childrens Memorial Hospital in Chicago where they could take care of me. They said I could've died that night. The doctors said they had never seen such a bad case in a child before, this resulted in many specialists and doctors coming to examine me. They all said the same thing, they told my parents that there was a high possibility that I would not wake up from my coma, or if I did wake up then I would have extensive brain damage. I proved them wrong. I woke up without any brain damage and full awareness. The doctors were stunned. I would stay at the hospital for a couple more weeks as I learned more about this disease and how my life was going to change. It stinks. Living with this disease is something no one should have to do. You are constantly worrying about blood sugar levels, checking them 6 or more times a day, giving yourself shots everytime you eat plus some, worrying with exercise you will pass out because of blood sugar levels being too high or low and hoping every night that you will wake up in the morning. That is why we are partnering with JDRF to make Type One into Type None.
JDRF is the only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight T1D. Every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward research comes from donors like you.
The challenge we've set ourselves - to raise money for JDRF and to walk - is modest compared to the daily challenges of life with T1D, which involves a 24/7, unrelenting cycle of blood sugar testing and insulin injections to manage the disease.
Will you accept the challenge to make a difference by walking with us? Just click on the "Join this Team" button, make a donation, and start fundraising.
Thank you for your support, and we'll see you on Walk day!