Thursday, February 23, 2012

A good cause

I posted before about how my 9-year-old was diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes the day after Christmas.  Welllll, Saturday is our first JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes.  We have had SO many generous donations (my son's 3rd grade class even has a collection going) but our team still needs almost $500 to reach our goal.  If you are willing and able, will you please click here donate and help spread the word? 

*****Tomorrow (Friday) is our last day to collect donations before the walk.*****

Here are the boys' stories so you know a couple of kids this money will help:

On December 26th, 2011, Ben was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, Fortunately, Jacob, a classmate of Ben's has been a rock and support for Ben as he too has Type 1 Diabetes and was diagnosed four years ago.  Ben and Jacob both are supported by their best friends, Ethan and Kyle Milteer who have taken a strong interest in learning about this health condition and together, the boys are raising funds to help find a cure.

In support of Ben & Jacob and all the other kids with Type 1 Diabetes, we, their family and friends are taking the steps to help achieve JDRF's mission: to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.  The money our JDRF Walk Team raises will go directly to support this life-changing research.

The JDRF Walk is a fantastic way to make a difference in the millions of lives of people affected by type 1 diabetes.  We are asking for your support. Now more than ever, EACH of us can make a real difference in the lives of people with type 1 diabetes.
Please read Ben and Jacob's personal stories below to learn more about these awesome kids and the strength and courage they have displayed in managing the daily health challenge.

Jacob's Story
Jacob Vang has always been a compassionate, caring and helpful boy. He is a big social bug and is super friendly with everyone he meets. Jacob, who is 9 years old and in the 3rd grade was 1st diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 5. It was the week before the start of kindergarten and he was really looking forward to starting school. Instead, he was admitted to Children's Hospital where he stayed for 1 week. Returning to school, his days consist of frequent visits to the nurse?s office for his routine glucose checking. Suddenly, our son's care free childhood was taken away and in its place was a childhood that would be burdened with responsibilities and challenges regarding his health.
Now almost 4 years later Jacob speaks proudly of his diabetes and never hesitates to educate anyone at school that is curious about this auto-immune condition. Since that life changing event we, as a family, have changed the way we live and view life for the better. We are extremely proud of Jacob for his continued courage and strength in tackling the daily responsibilities and for always brightening stranger's faces with his positive attitude about living with Type 1 diabetes.

Ben's Story
Benjamin Osborne is 9-years-old and in 3rd grade.  He has always been a smart, sensitive and thoughtful boy.  I've called him an old soul, but he can also be pretty silly and loves to make people laugh.  He was diagnosed with diabetes the day after Christmas.  We didn't know how he would take this life-changing news and braced ourselves for the worst.  When he was younger, Benjamin was often anxious and hypersensitive and we were afraid the diagnosis would undo all the progress he?s made in the last 4 years.  In the emergency room, he quickly went from being afraid to incredibly angry, but he surprised us by accepting his new life within a day of being admitted to Children?s Hospital.  
The two days in the hospital were frustrating and overwhelming for him, but we are so impressed with how courageous and proficient Benjamin has become in the short amount of time since then.  The boy who was terrified of getting a flu shot a couple months ago now takes his insulin injections without complaint.  He has even started checking his glucose all by himself and is suddenly very mature and responsible, always checking nutrition labels and remembering to take his ?go bag? of diabetes management supplies whenever we leave the house. Benjamin has had to do a lot of growing up in a very short amount of time, and we couldn't be more proud.  He has a long road ahead of him, but he has been blessed with friends and family who will support him every step of the way.  We appreciate everyone who has helped our family in so many ways, and are grateful for all those who contribute to the work to find a cure for diabetes. 

Kyle       Jacob       Ben       Ethan

Thank you for taking the time to visit our page and we thank you for supporting the research through your donations and time if you can join us for the walk.
Ben & Jacob's Buddies

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