Friday, September 09, 2005

Please Help~

Hello! This is big news for us, and I am very excited to announce it. This year, our family will be taking part in JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes, along with one-half million other walkers across the country, as we try to reach our goal of raising $86 million.

As you know, our son was diagnosed with Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes on July 17, 2004, at the age of seven and a half. On July 16, after numerous misdiagnoses from the pediatrician, we received yet another: strep throat. We were sent home with antibiotics and were told to expect dramatic improvement within 24 hours.

The following morning our son awoke vomiting, hyperventilating, and unable to speak or stand. We rushed him to the emergency room, where he was diagnosed and transferred via ambulance to UCSF Medical Center. We learned later he had been on the brink of a deadly diabetic coma.

Our son will be insulin dependent for life. Already he's endured over 3,650 fingerpricks and 1,825 insulin injections. People with Type 1 Diabetes face devastating complications, including blindness, kidney failure, stroke, amputations, and heart disease. Every organ is affected by this dreadful disease.

In addition to rigorous blood testing and insulin shots, we must measure everything he puts into his mouth and calculate the proper insulin dose. We need to prick his finger for blood tests often, even when he is sleeping or playing. Sometimes he is unable to play with his friends or participate in PE or his favorite sport, swimming, because his blood sugar is too high or too low. While insulin keeps our son alive, it is not a cure and doesn't prevent these daily nuisances or the frightening long-term complications.

In the face of all this, our son is a tough kid and rarely complains. He's full of jokes, giggles, and everything else you'd expect from a happy 8-year-old. He's done his own shots since two weeks after diagnosis! Truly, he is a source of inspiration.

His twin sister is brave as well. She knows that her risk for Type 1 Diabetes is now 10 times that of the rest of the population and she often worries whether she'll develop it, too. And, as you can imagine, it hasn't been easy watching her twin get all this extra attention.

In short, this disease has turned our lives upside down. The GOOD news is that science has made tremendous strides in a short amount of time and a cure truly is within reach. Donating to the JDRF is the very best way to make inroads into finding a cure. Nearly 90% of funds raised by the JDRF goes straight into research. It was recently named by Forbes Magazine as one of the nation's top 10 most efficient charities and has been honored by SmartMoney for its efficiency.

Now, more than ever, you can make a crucial difference. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible? Together, we can make the cure a reality!

My children and I are all walking for the cure. We are hoping to raise as much money as we can! And it's very easy to donate online.

You may donate in my name here.

In my son's name here

And in my daughter's name here.

If you do donate, please try to spread out the donations because each walker who raises more than $100 will receive a shirt and we would like everyone to get a shirt.

Thank you very much for your support! XOX