Sunday, May 23, 2010

JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes - Team Dino Might

Hello!

Chester and I are writing you on behalf of Aden.

Many of you know that Aden was 4 years old when diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on Oct. 13, 2009. He will be insulin-dependent for the rest of his life…unless a cure is found. In his 8 months since, he has already endured over 1,200 blood sugar pricks and 800 insulin injections. Now that he’s on an insulin pump the injections have been reduced but pricks have increased which keeps the total ‘pokes’ at around 2000.

In addition to his blood testing and insulin shots (now insertion changes); everything he consumes must be weighed and measured; and his blood sugar levels even need to be checked while he sleeps and plays. Aden is always a trooper and rarely complains. He is full of smiles, laughs, and five-year-old mischief, amidst his daily diabetes routine. Aden continually amazes us and is a blessing to have in our lives as a daily reminder of passion, humility, and the importance of dinosaurs.

As you can imagine, it's easy for people with type 1 diabetes to feel that their future is uncertain. But thanks to research funded by organizations such as JDRF, people with diabetes have a new sense of hope. Scientists have made enormous progress, and a cure for type 1 diabetes is more possible now than ever! Aden often says “I wish diabetes didn’t exist!” It’s a painful statement to hear looking at his frustrated little face. We hold out hope a positive answer will be available in his lifetime.

Please understand we are not trying to have a pity session. We truly believe that out of every difficulty comes something good. As parents, it’s our instinct from the moment our kids are born to protect them from any harm. We must do everything in our power to help find a cure for him. It’s our mission to avoid the heart and kidney disease, blindness, amputation, and early death that is a reality for many people with juvenile diabetes.

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is the #1 non-profit funder of diabetes research worldwide, using $.85 of each $1 for research. One of JDRF’s largest fundraising events is the “Walk to Cure Diabetes.” This is our first year to participate since Aden was recently diagnosed. We have formed a team named “Dino Might” and have already raised money towards this cause. This year’s walk will be held on Saturday, June 5th OSU-OKC!

If you are interested, there are a few ways you can help us make a difference for Aden:
• You can join our Family Team, known as “Dino Might,” which consists of family and friends who collect pledges and walk with us. To join our team, go to: http://walk.jdrf.org/walker.cfm?id=87687657
• Send your donation and contact others in your circle of family and friends to donate as well. Just go to our team website: http://walk.jdrf.org/support.cfm?id=87687657 .
• Forward this letter to anyone you feel might be able to help in one of these 3 ways!

Thank you for helping team Dino Might reach our goal of raising at least $500 this year and we would be honored to see you at the Walk on June 5th!

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