In the mist of an overcast Sunday morning we walked three miles to help raise money for the JDRF. We walked down Elm Street and back up Commercial to the Fisher Cats Stadium. Over 250 people join in the walk this year and together raised over 150,000 dollars.
Personally I would like to thank all of the people who donated to the JDRF in support of me. I helped to raise over $1250 and am only $250 away from my goal. There are too many people to thank individually so I hope you all see this message. Here are a couple of pictures take from this mornings walk.
If you have not donated or missed the links before, I have included my previous post. You can still donate to this years walk for the next two weeks.
This Sunday the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) will be holding their annual charity walk in Manchester at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. Diabetes is one of the nations “Top Ten Killers”. It effects more that 28 million people nation wide or over 8% of the U.S Population. Over 300,000 of these are people under the age of 20. The bigger problem is that more than 1.9 million people are newly diagnosed with Diabetes every year. According to the JDRF Diabetes effect nearly 285 million people around the world and is expected to reach 435 million by 2030 if we cannot find a cure. Diabetes has been proven to lead to Heart Disease, Liver Disease, and Kidney Failure.
In 2007, I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes is an Auto-Immune disorder where your body begins to attack itself and eventually destroys you Pancreas. Without the Pancreas you body cannot produce insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. For all Type 1 Diabetics this means they have to take supplemental insulin by either multiple injections or by insulin pump. While supplemental insulin helps to control my blood sugar, insulin is not a cure. Until a cure is found I will continue to take injections prior to eating.
As a Union member I have been very active over the last few year. After I was diagnosed, my Union was greatly influential in helping me to get my medical certifications back and return to work. I also work closely with the New Hampshire AFL-CIO in their continuing fight to protect the workers in New Hampshire and across the United States.
Now I am asking for a little help from you. The JDRF is the leader in research for Type 1 Diabetes and research costs money. The JDRF has helped to improve the lives of all Type 1 Diabetic with ground breaking research and development of new devices to help control sugar levels. Right now they are in the trial phase of the “Artificial Pancreas” a insulin pump that will be able to give both insulin and glucose to maintain a steady normal blood sugar level.
I know that money is tight for everyone this year with the recession, but if you can give please do. Even if you can only give $10 it will be appreciated. Please go the this page, JDRF WALK DONATIONS, and pledge your support. If you are interested in more information about Diabetes and the JDFR click here. You can even sign up to walk with me in Manchester on Sunday or in you home state.
Thank you on behalf of all Type 1’s
Air Traffic Controller, Union Member, Activist, Philanthropist, Husband and Father, and Type 1 Diabetic