I've been a bad blogger...I know. I mean well. I've been inspired to get off my virtual butt and blog.
My dear friend called me this week to tell me that her daughter, Bailey (7), was diagnosed with Type I juvenile diabetes. I've known Bailey's mom long enough to not remember when we met. We were attached at the hip while in school and have managed to keep in touch since, even across the country. When she called me with Bailey's news, I did what any friend would do. I told her that it was OK to be upset, I told her that she is strong enough to maintain the disciple Bailey needs, and I told her that in the grand scheme of things this is just a speed bump. I immediately wanted to do something, but what could you possibly do from 1200 miles away?
The boys and I have adone several 5K fundraisers this year and was super stoked to find one in October for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, held at OSU nonetheless. GO BUCKS!!
So, to my point. I've created a team to raise money in Bailey's name, Bailey's Boys. Cute, eh? If you'd like to walk with us, click here. If you'd like to donate toward our $100 goal, click here. Remember, all donations are tax deductible.
Bailey is lucky to have a great support team. Her parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends all have her back.
Here is some info on JDRF:
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is the worldwide leader for research to cure type 1 diabetes. It sets the global agenda for diabetes research, and is the largest charitable funder and advocate of diabetes science worldwide.
The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly, and can be fatal. Until a cure is found, people with type 1 diabetes have to test their blood sugar and give themselves insulin injections multiple times or use a pump - each day, every day of their lives. And even with that intensive care, insulin is not a cure for diabetes, nor does it prevent its eventual and devastating complications, which may include kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke, and amputation.
Since its founding in 1970 by parents of children with type 1 diabetes, JDRF has awarded more than $1.4 billion to diabetes research, including $101 million in FY2009. In FY2009, JDRF funded research projects in 22 countries throughout the world, including more than 40 human clinical trials.