Although diabetes and its complications kill one American every three minutes and accounts for 32 percent of Medicare expenditures, the good news is that there is real hope for a cure through research funded by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
If you're anything like me, that statistic blows your mind.
This past Sunday, Alicia, Sara, and I participated in a 2 mile fundraising walk sponsored by the JDRF on campus at OSU. I was initially intrigued to do this to support my friend, whose 7 year old daughter was recently diagnosed. When Alicia read my post, she reminded me that her husband was diagnosed 5 1/2 years ago and that she would be in full support of our team by walking and donating. Alicia's family went all out since this was the first time they were able to get involved in this fundraiser.
Our team donations totaled $960!!!
Here's a photo of Sara, Me, and Alicia with all our kids:
Also walking were Alicia's Mom: Nancy, Husband: Bryan, Sara's Husband: Tim and Tim's parents.
Although the temperature was thought to be in the 50s, it was extremely cold and windy that morning. We were lucky the rain held out until we were leaving. I think the JDRF did a great job and had great toddler friendly snacks before the event. If you've ever been around toddlers, snacks are a must....always. I may not have diapers, but you can rest assured that I have food on me. :)
I was so happy to do this to support Bailey, Bryan, and the JDRF that offers support others and their families suffering with Type I Diabetes.