"But cord blood also holds the great potential of producing pleural potential cells that could cure many other diseases such as juvenile diabetes, a disease that I live with every day."
This year, I'll be taking part in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Walk to Cure Diabetes along with a half-million other walkers across the country. Our goal: To raise $90 million to help fund research for a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications.
About a year and a half ago, my friend Mo called me in tears. I was surprised to hear from her since I knew the family was vacationing at Disney. Her seven year old son, who had been sick all week, was in the hospital. He'd just been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes; a total shock for their family. Everything about their lives changed in an instant. The doctors stabilized T-Bear, gave Mo instructions on how to manage his insulin, and sent them home.
How they ever made the drive back to Georgia is beyond me. But that's just how this family is, they never let life get them down. Since T-Bear's diagnosis they have gone back to Disney, taken a month long cross-country camping trip, and continued to host most of our local homeschooling activities! Mo is definitely my hero. When she told me about this walk for a cure - I knew I wanted to be right there with them, and so did Robotson. So on Sunday, October 17th we will be walking alongside our friends.
Type 1, or juvenile, diabetes, is a devastating, often deadly disease that affects millions of people--a large and growing percentage of them children.
Many people think type 1 diabetes can be controlled by insulin. While insulin does keep people with type 1 diabetes alive, it is NOT a cure. Aside from the daily challenges of living with type 1 diabetes, there are many severe, often fatal, complications caused by the disease.
That's the bad news... and yes, it's pretty bad.
The good news, though, is that JDRF is making steady progress toward a cure. In fact, JDRF funding and leadership is associated with most major scientific breakthroughs in type 1 diabetes research to date. And JDRF funds more type 1 research than any other charity worldwide.
I've already met, and thanks to my awesome parents, doubled my fundraising goal, but I wanted to spread the word to raise a little more for this very worthy cause. Please visit my Walk Web page if you would like to donate online:
Together, we can make the cure a reality.