2018 Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF - 2018 Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF
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Support Our #JDRFWalk Journey

It was 7 years ago that our daughter, Zoe was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and we are gearing up for our 8th year of fundraising for the JDRF Walk taking place June 10th. 

  One of the toughest aspects of Type One Diabetes is that you CANNOT take a break from the disease, EVER!  Not a day can go by where she isn’t pricking her fingers a minimum of 4 times in order to start her process of checking the status of her blood sugars. She has likely pricked her fingers close to 19,000 times since her diagnosis.  Zo’s glucometer is a constant companion whether she is at school, karate, the cottage or a sleepover. Her pump is on her waist whether she is snowboarding or walking the beach in a bikini and has become such a part of her daily life that she seemingly does not notice the stares from others. This has not stopped her from living her life though and while we try our best to help her manage this shitty disease on a daily basis, the onus is pretty much hers and that just doesn’t seem fair. As a friend said once, we don’t want our children to scrape their knees let alone live with something like this each and every day.

 We know that everybody has something that has touched their own families and in some cases it may be more than one cause. There are so many very worthy causes and we understand. Type 1 Diabetes has touched our family, most importantly, diabetes has touched one of our daughters. T1D is an auto immune disease, nothing that Zoe has done in her past caused her to be afflicted, not diet, not lack of exercise, NOTHING.

 No donation is too small and each is appreciated equally.  We truly believe that with the advances in the quality of life that Type 1 diabetics have seen over the last 50 years that we may be able to eradicate this disease in Zoe’s lifetime. The researchers believe that this IS curable! And so do we!

We thank you for taking the time to read this and to consider supporting us. 


All our love,

Chris and Wendy


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