Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
My daughter, Adlee, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 6. We noticed many symptoms commonly associated with type 1 diabetes, and many symptoms that we had no idea were related. Out of an abundance of caution, we brought her to the pediatrician, assuming they would just tell us that it was starting to get hot outside and that was why she was drinking so much and therefore using the restroom so often. Though that wouldn't explain the weight loss, lethargy, wounds not healing properly, odd breath, etc., you never really think that you're going to receive life-changing news like this yourself. That said, our lives changed forever that day. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, meaning it has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. One day, my innocent daughter's body decided that the cells that produce insulin were invaders and decided to attack. In addition, because autoimmune diseases don't really enjoy their alone time, she has since been diagnosed with celiac disease (gluten allergy) as well. Fingers crossed those two have enough fun together and don't invite more friends to the party... Not long ago, a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes was a death sentence. Because of organizations like JDRF and fabulous supporters like yourself, that no longer has to be the case. It takes a lot of diligence, waking up during the night for juice or insulin, constant attention, pokes, medical device changes, time,...and money,...but we don't have to worry QUITE as much about a catastrophic event as parents once did. Even then, it is still a 24/7 job. There is no time off. Our team is walking to end type 1 diabetes (T1D). When you have T1D, your body stops producing insulin—a hormone essential to turning food into energy. Managing the disease is a constant struggle that involves monitoring your blood-sugar level, administering insulin, and carefully balancing these insulin doses with your eating and activity just to stay alive. There is no way to prevent T1D and there is no cure–yet. But JDRF is working hard to change that. And that’s why our team is supporting the JDRF One Walk this year. Scientific advances are being turned into therapies that are changing the course of T1D - now. And together, we have the power to drive these therapies to market as quickly as we can. Your fundraising or donation not only changes lives for people with T1D but will change your own life too. The inspiration from this community will stick with you, and the pride you can take for your role will last a lifetime. Thank you for your support.