As we start our 7th year as Trey’s Avengers, we are excited to announce that YOU have helped us raise over $74,000 to support the JDRF. A number that never ceases to amaze us!!! So many have helped along the way – our friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, a handful of complete strangers and a bunch of amazing businesses. We appreciate every bit of support we have received from you all. Every penny makes a difference as we seek to improve the lives of our T1D community and a cure for this disease.
Trey has had another great year conquering life with Type 1 diabetes! He just started 8th grade and continues to love adventure – mountain biking, kayaking and rollercoasters. This year he added snowboarding and horseback riding. He also loves creative writing, drama and playing the piano. He is kind and funny we are so proud him, how hard he works and how much responsibility he has undertaken. Each year, on Walk day, Trey is always so filled with joy and overwhelmed with gratitude that so many of you take the time to support him.
Trey’s T1D journey continues to have its highs and lows (no pun intended). This year he has had life threatening lows, infected infusion sets, and inserted medical devices in his arm, thigh or belly over 150 times. But we have also seen some amazing advancements in technology. Trey still wears his CGM (which monitors his sugar 24/7) and pump (which administers insulin 24/7). Exciting recent advancements now allow the two to communicate, stopping insulin if Trey’s sugar fall too low. Currently, Trey is enrolled in a clinical trial at UVA which, when complete, will allow the FDA to approve this technology to also administer additional insulin when he is high. This will make Treys life easier and safer. And he has really enjoyed being an important part of the process that brings immerging, life changing technologies to the T1D community.
Our family believes strongly in the JDRF mission. In addition to providing some of the initial funding to the “Artificial Pancreas” trial Trey is in, JDRF is also actively funding several other avenues of cure and prevention research. We are also very excited about the work that JDRF Advocacy is doing in the area of insulin Affordability, as access to insulin is becoming a more important, and life threatening issue, it the T1Dcommunity.
In October, we will again be participating in the JDRF One Walk here in Richmond, VA. Please help us make a difference for Trey and the millions of other children and adults living with Type 1 diabetes. Our team’s goal is to raise $10,000 before September 26th for diabetes research. Every dollar will help bring us one step closer to the cure. Thank you in advance for your support, we cannot put into words what it means to us!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!