Important: Cutoff date for ordering to ensure we can get the shirts in is October 5, 2015
All proceeds from the shirts will be donated to JDRF or you can donate directly to Kennedy’s JDRF team.
If you would like to participate in the walk it will be held Sunday November 1st at the Toney Burger Center and she would be thrilled to have you join her team! Check-in is at 8:30am and the walk begins at 10:00am.
A huge thank you to the folks at StitchTek Services for sponsoring the shirts!
It started with a doctors visit because we were concerned about lack of energy and weight loss. The doctors told us this was normal and she would lose weight as she was growing. We believed them..until one night we were watching her in a volleyball game. She was not her normal high energy “we have to win” self. The next day we went back to the doctor for more tests. That evening the Dr. called and told us to stop what we were doing and go straight to the emergency room. Her sugar was 822, around 7 times more than that of a person without type1! The emergency room staff was shocked she was able to walk in on her own. Kennedy was diagnosed on June 23rd of 2015. That day was the last carefree day she would have as a kid. From now on she would have to carefully plan out every meal and every activity so her blood sugar would not go to high or to low. Ever since then it has been a constant battle to make sure she is counting her carbs and managing her blood sugar levels. Right now she is still taking injections via an insulin pen 4-6 times a day and checking her blood sugar levels by pricking her finger between 6-10 times a day depending on her daily activity. That is over 1800 shots a year! Because of that Kennedy is hoping to move to an insulin pump very soon, although the one she really wants hasn’t been approved in the US yet. Through this whole life-changing experience Kennedy has stayed strong and continues to do all the things she loves and is determined not to let Type1 Diabetes define her. Through events like the JDRF one walk, we can help fund research to ease the struggles people with Type1 have to manage.
Together, our team is walking to help JDRF continue to fund life-changing type 1 diabetes (T1D) research and create a world without T1D. T1D is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin—a hormone essential to turning food into energy. It strikes both children and adults and is unrelated to diet and lifestyle. With T1D there are no days off, and there is no cure—yet. Your support can help change that.
Visit JDRF.org to learn more about the organization.