We would like to share with you why my family participates in the JDRF One Walk. JDRF’s goal is to create a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D).
Our granddaughter and my son’s daughter, Lindsi Young, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in February, 2009 and a short 18 months later passed in September, 2010 from complications of this deadly disease.Rather than focusing on what we personally could have done better or the should of’s or could of’s, we choose to put our efforts into raising awareness of Type 1 Diabetes and seek financial support for continued research and funding to find a cure.
So each year we continue to tell our story about Lindsi's jouney and why we walk and raise money to reach our goal. Our Walk Team, Peace 4 Lindsi, has met our goal each year and since our first walk in 2009 our team has raised in excess of $25,000.We hope to meet our goal again this year but need your help.The more we share our story over and over each year with everyone the sooner JDRF can find a cure. I will do the best I can to tell our story.
God saw you getting tired
When a cure was not to be.
So He wrapped His arms around You.
And whispered, "Come into me."
So he gave you rest. ----author unknown
As a parent you will always remember the exact moment your child’s life ends. Lindsi was very active in the JDRF youth ambassadors and loved being around so many kids just like her.When they were all together she was at peace with her new life since being diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic.I guess one of the things we need to share was the moment to moment issues and struggles we had with diabetes as a family.
Diabetes has had a profound effect on my life and my family in the last five years. Lindsi was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 11 on Friday, February 13th, 2009. I remember that first time to the pharmacy to pick up her one month supply of insulin and supplies when they told me it was $399.00.I could not believe how expensive everything was and the vast amount of testing strips used on a daily basis. Before it was over the monthly supplies had doubled. Lindsi was using 5 bottles of insulin, over 500 testing glucose strips, and lots of supplies.
An average day for Lindsi was testing sometimes up to fifteen times. Lindsi would go from blood sugar levels in the low 40's to the high 400's daily, every day. Lindsi would be talking to you one moment and then fall out.We had to always be at home for her to get in the shower because of her issues with hypoglycemia and passing out at home as well as at school. On average I was called two to three times a week to stop and run to school because of issues. Lindsi could not go to school by herself so she rode with a friend each day or we took her and picked her up.
We reflect back on these times and think about the fact that she would be attending her first year of college this year with her friends.We have also been very fortunate to keep in touch with many of the Royal Ambassadors who have gone off to or are about to go off to college.Please help us find a cure not only in memory of Lindsi but so these amazing kids will not have to endure this disease or its complications any longer.
Six years ago Lindsi passed away just three days before the 2010 JDRF walk. We walk and raise funds to help Fund A Cureas it gives us hope in knowing that Lindsi did not die in vain. Even though Lindsi is not physically with us any longer, her drive and determination keep us motivated to find a cure for Juvenile Diabetes.
On August 26 we will celebrate Lindsi's 19th birthday. Lindsi was so looking forward to driving, dating, working and going to college. Lindsi had many dreams and plans like any teenager but all of that was shattered by complications from this deadly disease... further complicated by lack of awareness of type 1 symptoms by first responders who wanted to rule out other causes like drug use, etc... first.Yes, she used a drug.It is called INSULIN!No need to sedate her when she had already experienced an extreme low...Like I said we try not to dwell on the should of’s and could of’s but are still trying to cope with our loss.
Barry and I have made a personal commitment to bring awareness of type 1 diabetes to everyone around us by explaining how serious of a disease Type 1 diabetes is. We walk our neighborhood and surrounding communities to spread awareness of Type 1 Diabetes and seek donations.We also utilize social media to reach out to all of our contacts, family and friends. We ask you to do the same!
Please stop and take one moment and Google Peace 4 Lindsi and join the "Peace 4 Lindsi" Walk Team and help us make a difference. You can either donate to myself, Barry or Everitt by clicking on our name or register and donate to yourself.Please help us help other families to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes so their load will be lightened and hopefully never ever have to experience a loss such as this.
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).