Friday, September 2, 2011

Sydney's Walk for the Cure 2011!

Dear Family and Friends—

            It’s that time of year again to participate with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundations (JDRF) and walk for a cure. This year the walk will be held on Saturday, September 17. As most of you know, our 7 year old daughter Sydney was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 4. This will be our 4th year participating in a great cause that is very close to our hearts. Thanks to all of you, we have been able to raise money toward a cure for Sydney and the millions of other kids and adults who live with Type 1 on a daily basis. This disease affects the whole family and we have experienced this first hand.

            Two years ago Morgan, in all her youthful innocence, asked Santa to bring her sister a cure for Christmas. Santa bent down and told Morgan that he would see what he could do. This sweet act of love made Loren and I sad, it was something we knew would not happen. We all know cures don’t come from Santa, they come from people like you.  Every donation, no matter the amount will help. 85% of every dollar donated to JDRF goes straight toward research for that cure.

If you have ever wondered where your money goes, let me share with you an exciting announcement JDRF made last year. They have partnered with the insulin pump company, Animas, to develop the first fully functioning artificial pancreas.  This development will revolutionize the way we manage Type 1 Diabetes.  Thank you for your continuous support which has allowed this new technology to progress.

This year Sydney also had the opportunity participate in JDRF’s Children’s Congress, which is held every other year, and was the solo delegate representing Idaho. She met with lawmakers to help spread the “Promise to Remember Me” campaign. This meant that Idaho lawmakers would promise to remember Sydney when voting on important diabetes issues. She also had the opportunity to speak on living with Type 1 Diabetes as a child.  This testimony, along with many others, helped give the FDA the push it needed to approve the start of outpatient trial studies for the artificial pancreas. Children’s Congress has become the largest media and grassroots advocacy event held in support of finding better treatments and a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. Sydney cherished this once in a lifetime event to help fight back against diabetes. Now it’s your turn to help Sydney in her fight. Please don’t let her down. Even if you can't donate much, every dollar counts and spreading the word and educating people is just as important. So please share this blog and the video below with your friends on facebook and email. It will be greatly appreciated!


Take a minute to donate to Sydney’s walk team, Sydney’s Soldiers, which is part of the Utah Chapter of JDRF.  You can donate online with a credit/debit card by clicking HERE to visit her fundraising page. Sydney’s Soldiers. You can also write a check to JDRF and mail it to our home (email me for our address). Thanks again for your support. With your help, someday Sydney will be able to say, “I used to have Type 1 Diabetes.”  Thanks for your support!


Loren, Shamae, Sydney, Morgan, and Hadlee

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