The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation holds the Walk to Cure Diabetes every year all over the world to raise money for critical research that will one day find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. Last year over $2.4 million dollars was raised in Australia alone, which helped JDRF in funding research that works towards their 3 main goals – restoring normal blood glucose levels, preventing and reversing complications and of course preventing Type 1 diabetes through finding a cure.
Type 1 Diabetes is a chronic (life-long) autoimmune disease that can strike children as young as a few months old. Unlike Type 2 diabetes, Type 1 is not related to lifestyle factors and can’t be treated through diet and exercise alone. Insulin injections keep us alive, but they are by no means a cure. There is no cure.
Last year I formed a team for the walk – The DiaBettys. 14 of us braved the unpredictable Melbourne weather which was lovely and sunny when we started out, but rained halfway through the walk! With 9 of us raising money, we managed to raise over $1,300 for JDRF. Best of all we came together with 80,000 walkers nationally to show our support for the great work that JDRF have done, and will continue to do, for everyone with Type 1 Diabetes.
My greatest wish is for a cure to be found for this disease. Mainly for all the children who grow up not knowing a simple life without needles, finger prick tests and diet restrictions, who must grow up before their time and never know a ‘normal’ childhood. I am grateful that I got to live mine free from this disease and my heart goes out to all those families out there who have to deal with all of this every waking moment of their days. It is a hard enough balancing act for me to keep up for myself, let alone for parents to keep up for their children.
That is why I am doing the Walk to Cure Diabetes, to raise money for vital research that could one day find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes and save so much heartache for all those parents out there taking care of young children with diabetes.
If you are interested in sponsoring me in the walk please go to my Personal Walk Page, tax receipts are emailed automatically.