Brady, a very athletic, energetic and intelligent kid was diagnosed with T1D around Valentines Day of 2014 at the age of 6. He had been recovering from a long bought with an illness when, thankfully, his grandmother noticed he was going to the bathroom a lot. He was also looking rather thin and was uncharacteristically lethargic. Just to be sure everything was okay we made an appointment with his doctor.
Needless to say, we were blown away when the doctor took his blood sugar and said “You need to take him to the Hospital immediately… he has type 1 Diabetes! What? Just like that?? You don’t need to do more tests??? This wasn’t something that was even on our radar as a possibility. The doctors said that we were lucky and caught it relatively early before his blood sugar at that point over 600 had gone even higher.
While it was a startling diagnosis we were happy for Brady that he was being taken care of and was finally feeling better. Although a bit scared he took the news in stride and was resolved to learn all he could about T1D. The resilience of children is an amazing thing. Within 2 weeks he was giving himself shots taking his own blood sugar and counting carbs. He continues to amaze us!
T1D can feel relentless at times, with all the finger sticks and sleepless nights managing lows. Anything that can help alleviate that feeling is a tremendous thing. Brady now uses a Dexcom CGM and loves using the Omnipod insulin pump. Both of these devices have benefited from previous JDRF funding and help to make his daily diabetes care easier to manage. But we can do better!
Three years ago we were very happy to join the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes and help to raise money to find a cure. We were overwhelmed when Brady’s Bunch was able to raise over $20,000.00 in our first year. We were also very happy to sponsor a JDRF Kids Walk at Brady’s school, which raised an additional $5000.00.
With your help, Brady's Bunch has raised nearly $50,000 in the three years we have participated.
Please help us this year and donate what you can to this tremendous cause. Every dollar counts. We are so close…Let’s get this done!!
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).