We love Ian and we want to do anything we can to help our dear friend. Here is some interesting facts about Type 1 Diabetes mingled with our moments in the walk:
(Me and Becky)
Type 1 diabetes, which predominately affects youth, is rising alarmingly worldwide, at a rate of 3% per year. Some 70,000 children worldwide are expected to develop type 1 diabetes annually.
JDRF has awarded more than $1.3 billion to type 1 diabetes research (including $156 million in FY2008).
The symptoms may occur suddenly, and include one or more of the following:
Sugar in urine
Sudden vision changes
Sudden weight loss
Fruity, sweet, or wine-like odor on breath
Heavy, labored breathing
To stay alive, people with type 1 diabetes must take multiple insulin injections daily or continually infuse insulin through a pump. They must also test their blood sugar by pricking their fingers for blood six or more times per day.
Each year more than 15,000 children are diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. That's 40 children per day.
"Both children and adults like me who live with type 1 diabetes need to be mathematicians, physicians, personal trainers and dieticians all rolled into one. We need to be constantly factoring and adjusting, making frequent finger sticks to check blood sugars, and giving ourselves multiple daily insulin injections just to stay alive." - JDRF International Chairman, Mary Tyler Moore
I hope this post has inpsired you to get out and help raise money for someone who may have a life long disease! JDRF is one of many foundations that we are proud to help.
We love you Ian! May they find a cure some day soon!