Tuesday, September 27, 2011

One small step

Over the next few weeks, we'll begin the process of turning our dining room table into JDRF Walk Central. That's when we start folding hundreds of letters, licking as many stamps and addressing every envelope to one of our dear friends and family. It all culminates when our friends and supporters join us on a walk-a-thon, as we do every autumn.

The response each year has been astounding to me. We get thousands of dollars in answer to our little letter...showing us how many people care about Cassie's and Marinda's diabetes. Every penny has a hope attached to it that it will bring us closer to a cure.

Earlier this year, the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health unveiled a 30 year study showing that research and better treatments have resulted in something truly remarkable: the life expectancy of someone with type-1 diabetes has increased by 15 years.

It may not have led us to a cure yet, but every step has led us to one more day that we can spend with our loved ones touched by this disease.

No matter how you look at it, it's a step in the right direction.


Hallie Addington said...

Agreed! Best of luck! We just finished our walk. My dining room table looks like the walk threw up on it! Aftermath...

Kimberly Chisholm said...

I do love hearing this kind of good news. It can be frustrating to feel like the cure is a long way off, but so GOOD to know that we are making big strides. And yes--walking, walking, walking!

Me said...

Cassie wrote our walk letter about the 15 year improvement in life expectancy for T1Ds. It's really very uplifting because it doesn't portray people with diabetes like her as victims. Rather, it paints her as an advocate for her own care and for this disease. Check it out at our jdrf landing page here.