Hello Friends - November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. This is our 10th year raising money for JDRF and our Holden's Heroes team has raised over $62,000 so far. We are hoping to add more to that this year with your help! Help us FIND A CURE!
Holden was diagnosed April 24, 2008. It is so hard to believe it will be 10 years in April! As most of you know, Holden is insulin dependent and will be for the rest of his life or until a cure is found. He depends on insulin to keep him well and alive! He pricks his fingers multiple times a day and has to give himself multiple injections every day. Everything he does affects his blood sugar...food, stress, exercise, moods, sickness, puberty, hockey...and so much more! He has to count every carb he eats and give himself a shot every time he eats. He has pricked his fingers over 21,000 times and given himself way too many shots to even count. He can suffer extreme highs and lows which can be very dangerous. This can be very tricky playing hockey! He has to be very careful to balance his food intake, his insulin, exercise, adrenaline, heat, cold, etc. The insulin in not a cure...for a diabetic it is critical...IT IS LIFE SUPPORT! We need to FIND A CURE!
This has been a big year for Holden! He graduated high school! Hallelujah! :) He was accepted to ECU (go Pirates!!!) and is now a college freshman and an ECU hockey player. We still love it and follow him around every chance we get. It's in our blood! We are so proud of him and miss him so much! He loves college life...well, maybe not the academics, and is doing well. :0) It has been hard to let him go, not just to move out and grown up and go to college, but just the worry that goes into all he has to deal with on a daily basis with diabetes. It is a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week disease.
When you have T1D, your pancreas stops producing insulin—a hormone essential to turning food into energy. This means you must constantly monitor your blood-sugar level, administer insulin, and carefully balance these insulin doses with your eating and activity just to stay alive. With T1D there are no days off and there is no cure. But there is hope! We are hoping and praying for a cure and through the research that our fundraising supports, JDRF is constantly working to make that a reality!
Some 1.25 million Americans are living with T1D, including about 200,000 youth (less than 20 years old) and more than 1 million adults (20 years old and older).1,2,5
40,000 people are diagnosed each year in the U.S.1, 2
5 million people in the U.S. are expected to have T1D by 2050, including nearly 600,000 youth.2,3
Between 2001 and 2009, there was a 21 percent increase in the prevalence of T1D in people under age 20.3
In the U.S., there are $14 billion in T1D-associated healthcare expenditures and lost income annually.
Less than one-third of people with T1D in the U.S. are consistently achieving target blood-glucose control levels.
Please help us support JDRF! They are the leader in supporting research to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. Your donation will support life-changing breakthroughs that make it safer and easier to live with T1D, until we find a cure. Together, WE CAN MAKE THE CURE A REALITY!!! Help us turn Type 1 into TYPE NONE!!!
We are so thankful for all of you and so grateful for all the support we have received over the years for Holden, our family, our Holden's Heroes team and JDRF! You guys rock! We are so blessed and we love all of you!
Please consider donating today : http://www2.jdrf.org/goto/holdenlamm or click the link below.
Please contact us at : firstname.lastname@example.org or 919.612.5099
Love, Stuart, Donna, Haley and Holden
P.S. Please share this on your social media! Tell your friends your connection to Holden and ask for their support. Let's use social media for something good! Let's raise as much money as we can to support research to FIND A CURE for this disease and for Holden!
Your donation will count towards the team's fundraising total. In addition, please give credit to the person that asked for your support to recognize them for their efforts in creating a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D).