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.