For the last three years, our family has participated in the Des Moines Walk to Cure Juvenile Diabetes. We started walking because one of the girls in my daycare class at the time has Type 1 Diabetes, and we have continued to walk on her family’s team ever since.
Last year, a little boy at my daycare was diagnosed with diabetes. And one of my friend’s twin boys was diagnosed as well.
If you’re not familiar with Type 1 Diabetes, it’s not the kind you get because you’re fat or eat too many milkshakes. It’s the kind that kids get– kids who are otherwise healthy– kids who, unless a cure is found, will be dependent on insulin every day for the rest of their lives.
They test their blood sugar over and over again every day. Imagine giving an 18-month-old boy a finger poke that often. They get insulin shots, or wear a pump which delivers insulin automatically but must be changed every three days. By the child. They count every carbohydrate they eat. They have to skip fun treats and meals because of their diabetes.
It upsets their lives and their childhoods and their families and their meals and everything they do.
They deserve a cure, and that’s why we walk.
Would you consider making a donation to support me and my family as we walk next month? You can make a donation as small as $10 online by clicking this link or the one in my sidebar. If you’d like to help, but can’t afford $10, leave a comment with your email address in it and I will get you the address where you can send a check.
I hope you’ll consider it. Let’s give these kids a chance to live a normal life, free of test strips and glucose tablets and insulin shots.