Our Claire's Courage team is walking to help JDRF create a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D) for the millions of children and adults living with this disease.
On April 7, 2009, Claire, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (Sudden Onset Juvenile Diabetes) - just a few weeks before her 6th birthday. With the symptoms of extreme thirst and frequent urination, we took her to the pediatrician thinking she had a urinary tract infection. Her blood glucose was over 450 (normal is 80 - 120). We were immediately sent to the hospital emergency room. During our two-night stay at the hospital, we were trained on our new way of life keeping Claire alive - daily insulin shots and finger pricks for the rest of her life.
Claire now wears an insulin pump... this is her life support, NOT A CURE.
Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, is a devastating disease that affects millions of people, a large and growing percentage of them children.
With T1D, a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin—a hormone essential to turning food into energy. If you have T1D, you must constantly monitor your blood-sugar level, inject or infuse insulin through a pump, and carefully balance these insulin doses with your eating and activity.
Living with T1D means there are no days off and there is no cure. But there is hope.
By donating or joining our JDRF One Walk® team today, you’ll help fund research to improve the lives of everyone challenged by T1D. With your support, JDRF will turn Type One into Type None.
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).