Friday, August 19, 2011
Join Team Crank to Fight Juvenile Diabetes
My wonderful son, Joel, was diagnosed at age 8 with juvenile diabetes. He's 13 now and always an inspiration to me. I hope you'll join me, my family and many others as part of Team Crank at the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes on Saturday, September 10 at 9 a.m. at America the Beautiful Park. Click here to register to be a part of Team Crank.
Here is a letter from Joel:
As September gets closer, I am reminded that it is almost time for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Walk to Cure Diabetes. I hope everyone is having a great summer. I’ve been doing lots of fun stuff; boating, biking, working out, traveling, and of course, just hanging out and relaxing. As much as I enjoy all these things, it would be better if I didn’t have to constantly check my blood sugar and treat highs and lows. The lows really stink. I have to stop what I’m doing because I get weak and shaky. If I go too low, and that can happen quickly, I could have seizures, go into a coma, and die. Tragically, it happened this year to a family friend just a few years older than I am. When I get low, I have to stop what I’m doing and immediately get some sugar. Then I have to wait until my blood sugar levels are at a safe level before I can do anything. It cramps my style! But it doesn’t end there. Sometimes it takes several attempts to get my sugar where it needs to be. Other times I might over-correct and then go too high. Then I need more insulin. It is a delicate balance and very frustrating. This is what my days are like. It is the same every day no matter what I do…everything affects my blood sugar. Without a cure, every day for the rest of my life will be a constant battle.
I’m telling you this with the hope that you will help me raise money for very important research…research that will lead to the prevention and cure of Juvenile Diabetes. Team Crank is participating in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Walk for the Cure this year on September 10th. I am trying to raise $1,500 or more to fight diabetes.
If you can help, please donate on-line and be a member of Team Crank at the walk by clicking here. Or, you can send a check made out to JDRF to me at P.O. Box 88003, Colorado Springs, CO 80908. We can also take cash donations if you prefer. All donations are tax deductible.
Thanks for your help. I am grateful and truly appreciate your donation.
With best wishes,