This year the walk is even more important to our family. Parker was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in February of 2009 at the age of 7. He has been living with this disease for over7.5 years! That is over 10,000 finger sticks to check his blood and nearly 15,000 shots of insulin he has had to take in that time! Parker is considered a brittle diabetic, his body is very reactive to specific foods (for no apparent reason) and makes ketones very easily and that throws in more dangerous problems. This past spring and summer he had some other complications with gastroparesis and was on a feeding tube for 3 months while his digestive system healed and reset itself. So many complications can result from Type 1 diabetes, we NEED a cure now!
Just last February, our daughter Sydney was also diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 18. She has been away from home for most of the time she has had T1d and has had to figure things out long distance from Florida on her own. I guess you could say it was lucky she had some experience with handling the disease, but there is nothing lucky about diabetes! Adjusting to a new climate, lifestyle and work regimen has taken it's toll on her body and caused stress on her medically. Fortunately she was able to find an endocrinologist quickly to work with her but it is a daily struggle she has to walk alone.
We are taking the steps to help achieve JDRF's mission: to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. The money our JDRF Walk Team raises will go directly to support this life-changing research. Some of this research is happening in our own backyard, at Universities right here in Utah! And a cure is going to happen, we just need funds to make it happen!
This years walk is happening onSaturday, September 23, 2017 at Liberty Park.
The JDRF Walk is a fantastic way to make a difference in the millions of lives of people affected by type 1 diabetes. For at least that one day, they will look around and see all the support they have from their friends, family and community. On Walk Day, everyone can have fun and celebrate how much closer to a cure we are because of their efforts.
Each member of our team is already hard at work in their fundraising. If you have taken time to visit our team page today, we ask that you consider making a donation or joining our team. To make a team donation, click on the "Donate" button at the top of this page or if you would like to make your gift to one of the team members please click on their name below. To join our team, click the join team link below.
Thank you. Together, we will cure type 1 diabetes and its complications!
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).