Tuesday, May 25, 2010

JDRF- Walk to Cure Diabetes School Walk April 17, 2010

My middle son Cole was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes on April 18, 2008 and our world has never been the same. Now it is my mission to do whatever I can to help find the CURE for this horrible disease!

On April 17, 2010 Wellington-Napoleon R-9 school held our first annual school "Walk to Cure Diabetes". Attendance was lower than expected but we had 3 school events that were unexpectedly rescheduled on this morning. Over all we had an awesome turn out of 40 walkers and we were happy with the money raised to help put an end to this devastating auto immune disease that strikes suddenly and can be fatal.

Our school walk was sponsored by Mrs Bryant and FCCLA for the High school and Mrs McKown for the Elementary, JDRF and Cure for Cole. At the time of our walk Wellington had 5 young children in school with T-1 diabetes (now we have 6 children). Our school is a samll country school with only Approx 423 students.

All 5 children attended the walk and started us off toward the cure. The day was beautiful and we enjoyed a variety of music played by Josh Brown. Bottled water was donated by Dave's Country Market and Save-A-Lot of Lexington, Wal-Mart of Richmond, HyVee & Price Chopper of Blue Springs,and ice was donated by the Wellington Lion's Club.

We raised $2221.75 for JDRF and 85% of these funds will go to researching for the cure. JDRF is the only foundation that gives back 85% of all funds raised for research.

Type-1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease that causes the pancreas to stop producing insulin, the hormone that enables people to get energy from food. To survive, T-1 diabetics have to test their blood sugar levels 4 or more times daily, by pricking their fingers to draw blood, then they receive insulin by multiple daily injections or by the continuous infusion insulin pump. These children also face the devastating long term effect of this disease which are; blindness, heart attacks, kidney failure, stroke, nerve damage and amputation. T-1 diabetes effects 15,000 children yearly and is the most serious and complicated form of diabetes, that accounts for at least $174 billion in annual health care cost in the US.

Plans are already in motion for our 2nd Annual Walk to Cure Diabetes, hope to see you there! One step at a time and we will reach the "CURE" together!

For more information on Juvenile Diabetes or to find out how you can help end Diabetes please