Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
I'll be taking part in this year's Walk to raise funds for the millions of people living with and affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D), including my sister and I. The money I raise will help JDRF fund critical research to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people's lives until no one has to fear developing the disease.
Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin - a hormone essential to the ability to get energy from food. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. It cannot be prevented and there is no cure.
JDRF is the largest nongovernmental funder of T1D research and the only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight T1D. This science is complex and costly, and every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward research comes from donors like you.
Please support me and donate to my Walk fundraising campaign. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible today?
I was diagnosed in August of 2006 with type 1 juvenile diabetes. I was taken to the University of Iowa Children's Hospital where I relearned how to live my life. I began taking insulin shots and continued for 4 years after that. I have been using an insulin pump now for another 4 years.
Hailey's story is a little different. When I was diagnosed the whole family was tested for a gene that could lead to the development of diabetes. For a while Hailey was being monitored for continuing abnormal results of her tests. After participating in a study that tested the effects of some medicine, the inevitable was prolonged. In the past year Hailey began taking insulin shots daily but recently got her OmniPod (insulin pump)!
Thank you for your support!
A big shout-out to our parents who learned along with us and provided nothing but support and anything else we needed...yes that includes awesome insurance that allows us to get the medical supplies we need :)