Friday, June 05, 2009

Please Support the 2009 JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes

On Sunday, June 7, 2009, our family will be walking in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Walk to Cure Diabetes at the National Conference Center in Lansdowne,VA. Most of you know that our 9-year-old son, Sean, was diagnosed with Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes in October 2001 when he was just 21 months old. Besides closely monitoring his diet and exercise, we must test Sean’s blood sugar levels with finger pricks about ten times a day and throughout the night, and administer insulin every few hours at least. This has been true every day of the last 7.5 years. Unfortunately, there is no magic formula for managing diabetes, since too many variables ALL have an impact on blood sugar at the same time. We've had a long, tough road, and we would love to spare others from this path by finding a cure. Children with Type 1 diabetes are insulin-dependent for life: they will not outgrow Type 1 diabetes and cannot take pills to treat this disease, so therefore the regimen described above must continue day in and day out until a cure is found. In Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas simply stops producing insulin altogether... the diabetes is NOT caused by poor food or exercise choices.
Our family would love your help and support in finding a cure for this disease. We have established a Walk Team called Team Sean, and our goal is to walk together with our friends in support of this cause and to raise at least $2,000. We know we can reach these goals, and would appreciate your help.

Make a tax-deductible contribution in support of Team Sean via cash, check or credit card. Any amount is welcome and appreciated.... $10 - $20 increments really add up! 85% of your donation to JDRF goes directly to diabetes research and education. This is one of the highest percentages for any research-dedicated charity!
If you wish to make an online donation or see Team Sean's progress, please visit Sean's personal JDRF web page at

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