JDRF’s mission is to find a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D) and its complications through the support of research. Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin – a hormone essential to turning food into energy. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and is unrelated to diet and lifestyle. It requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on injected insulin. With T1D there are no days off, and there is no cure.
At Chapel today we heard from Stacey Boyd, whose son – one of our senior lions – has type 1 diabetes. We learned that one of the ways JDRF raises money to fund research is by hosting walks all over the country – walks to find a cure. There are more than 200 Walks across the country every year to raise money for JDRF — the only global organization with a strategic research plan to end T1D. Every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward research comes from donors.
The challenge we’ve set ourselves – to raise money for JDRF and to walk – is modest compared to the daily challenges of life with T1D, which involves a 24/7, unrelenting cycle of blood sugar testing and insulin injections to manage the disease. You can participate in the Columbus area Walk for a Cure on Saturday, October 3rd. Just go to the JDRF website to register. You can also use this link to donate to a team participating in the walk.
Thank you, Mrs. Boyd, for teaching us about T1D. And thank you in advance to the St. Luke School community for your support of JDRF and the Walk for a Cure. Together, we will turn Type One into Type None.
Update: We raised $1,715.45 through Chapel Change and Mission Spirit Days, and over $2,000 was raised for the JDRF Walk. In addition, some of our students had a great time serving, as they help set up for the Walk at Oxbow Meadows.