Uncle Zack with Hailey. This kind of sweetness doesn't require insulin.
I'm the take steps towards a cure type.
Join me in the fight to create a world
without type 1 diabetes!
Each year, when I do the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's (JDRF) walkathon, I am reminded how much of an inspiration Zack is to me. And it has little to do with how well he manages his diabetes.
Zack has an infectious positive energy that is quickly picked up by everyone he comes into contact with, and a joie de vivre, both of which I tap into whenever we get together (which isn't often enough!). He tackles projects, whether at work or around the house, with a "let's get it done" attitude -- and then gets them done.
It has been more than 22 years since he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D), and even at age 6 1/2 he accepted the challenge of the disease and has tackled it every day since. He has taken advantage of many advancements that have been made in the management of T1D and, in part because of that, lives a full life. Some of the exciting research projects advanced in the past year include implantable insulin capsule, an oral insulin study that is in its early trial stage, and 18 new artificial pancreas systems. All three of these look promising, and there is one artificial pancreas study that Harvard University has begun that has those with T1D and there families crossing their fingers.
Once again, I hope you will support my efforts to raise funding for these studies by making a contribution. The JDRF has asked me to increase my goal from last year and I have done so by posting their suggested amount. It's an ambitious goal, and I hope you will click on the Donate to Michael button to help me reach it. Contributions of any amount will help bring us closer to the day when T1D will be a memory.
On behalf of Zack and a few million others, thank you for your support.
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).