Dear Friends and Family,
He was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on March 6. He’s been very fortunate – so far.
Fortunate in that he has only had to endure 1400 finger sticks in those past six months to check his blood sugar. Fortunate that he has only had more than 750 shots since his “D-day” – the alternative could be much worse. We’ve been very fortunate in that Scott has not been rushed to the emergency room because his blood sugar got so high that he has gone into ketoacidosis, fortunate that our son has a disease that can be controlled, albeit through an insulin therapy that will dictate the rest of his life, fortunate that our 9-year-old has developed an early maturity that helps us all deal with this life changing event. If his disease is not managed closely, he faces a future of a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, renal failure, retinal damage, and risk of amputation.
It’s said that a person with diabetes (or their parents) cannot go more than 2 hours without having to make a diabetes related decision. We can attest to that. We’re counting carbs, fighting with the insurance company, and giving him at least 4 shots a day. We play the “What’s Scotty’s Blood Glucose” game every time he checks his sugar. We don’t get chocolate fudge pop tarts for breakfast anymore, and Anne hasn’t baked a cake since Scotty was diagnosed.
This is not a pity party though. We’re writing to you to ask for your support in a very special cause.
This year, we’ll be taking part in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Walk to Cure Diabetes along with a half-million other walkers across the country. Our goal: To raise $90 million to help fund research for a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications.
Type 1, or juvenile, diabetes, is a devastating, often deadly disease that affects millions of people–a large and growing percentage of them children.
Many people think type 1 diabetes can be controlled by insulin. While insulin does keep people with type 1 diabetes alive, it is NOT a cure. Aside from the daily challenges of living with type 1 diabetes, there are many severe, often fatal, complications caused by the disease.
That’s the bad news… and yes, it’s pretty bad.
The good news, though, is that a cure for type 1 diabetes is within reach. In fact, JDRF funding and leadership is associated with most major scientific breakthroughs in type 1 diabetes research to date. And JDRF funds a major portion of all type 1 diabetes research worldwide, more than any other charity.
We’re writing to ask for your support because now, more than ever, EACH of us can be a part of bringing about a cure. Each of us can make a real difference
Won’t you please give to JDRF as generously as you’re able?
Together, we can make the cure a reality
To join us in the Walk to Cure Diabetes, or if you’re unable to join us, but would like to donate to the JDRF, go to: The Rogers Family Team Page. Our family goal is to raise $3,000. Can you help? If you’d like to join us on the walk, or if you would just like to donate, that’s the link to do so.
Thank you for your consideration.
Anne & Jimmy Rogers, Brad, Scott and Jay