Tuesday, October 14, 2008

JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes

I'm writing today to ask for your support in a very special cause. 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 close friends’ 6 year old son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in January of this year. We are walking in support of Matthew, and his family.

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 a cure for type 1 diabetes is within reach. In fact, JDRF funding and leadership is associated with most major scientific breakthroughs in type 1 diabetes research to date. And JDRF funds a major portion of all type 1 diabetes research worldwide, more than any other charity. I'm writing to ask for your support because now more than ever, EACH of us can be a part of bringing about a cure. Each of us can make a real difference Together, we can make the cure a reality.

If you are interested in joining us for the walk - it is this Sunday - October 19th @ Cooper River Park in Pennsauken. The walk is 3.5 miles, at 9AM.

Please visit my Walk Web page if you would like to donate online, or become a part of our walking team: http://walk.jdrf.org/walker.cfm?id=87240701 Thank you for taking the time to read this, and for your consideration in donating to this great cause.

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