Well, it’s been a very busy year and I haven’t had much time to even think about posting. I have a number of great posts in the que and just need to spend some weekends getting them posted. Sorry for the time away. I promise to get this back up and bouncing in the coming month.
For now though, I have a personal post which I want to ask all of you to help support in any way you may be able. Help by donating here: run-for-Lara
I have joined Team JDRF to raise funds for the millions of people living with and affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). I will be running the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon on November 1st with team JDRF. This cause is personal for me as my niece, Lara McGlothlin, was diagnosed with T1D when she was 3 years old. She is a remarkable young lady that truly inspires me. I’ve witnessed her do things at such a young age that no one should have to deal with and she’s done so with a smile on her face that will absolutely tug at your heart. The money I raise will help JDRF fund critical research to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until no one has to fear developing the disease. I hope that one day Lara will be able live in a world where there is a cure for T1D.
I’ve asked Lara to share a little personal story with you so you will understand why I’m running with her in mind and asking you for support.
“Hi, I’m Lara. I’m 11 years old. I go to Lexington Elementary School. I love to read. I love to dance. I’m pretty much a happy go lucky kind of girl that’s always smiling, giggling, and laughing. I may look like any other 5th grader around, but I’m special…unique…AWESOME!!”
“I have Type 1 Diabetes. I was diagnosed when I was 3. I’ve learned a lot about blood sugars, insulin, and carbohydrates over the past 8 years. In fact, I could probably check my sugar and deliver insulin in my sleep. But I don’t really want to have to know this stuff. I want to be able to eat a piece of pizza without having to figure how much insulin I need now and how much I need in an hour because pizza is one of those foods that makes me high if I don’t do extended insulin coverage. I would love to be able to just go to recess with my friends instead of walking to the nurse’s office to do a blood sugar check before I can play.”
“But don’t get me wrong, I don’t let diabetes keep me from doing anything and everything that anyone else does. And with the help of JDRF, I have faith that someday I will no longer have to worry about these silly things. JDRF is making progress towards a cure for me. Please consider helping them with their research by donating.
Anyone that has run a marathon understands the long hours required training and building up to be able to perform come race day. In the past, these hours have been tedious and have often left me wondering why I keep running. This will be my third marathon and I have no doubt that the thought of helping Lara will keep my mind strong and the finish line in sight. I love you Lara and I’m so happy to be able to help support JDRF in the fight against T1D.
Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin—a hormone essential to the ability to get energy from food. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. It cannot be prevented and there is no cure.
JDRF is the largest nongovernmental funder of T1D research and the only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight T1D. This science is complex and costly, and every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward research comes from donors like you.
Please support me and donate to my fundraising campaign. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease. Won’t you please give to JDRF as generously as possible today?
Thank you for your support! You can visit my personal Team JDRF page here to donate: run-for-Lara