I work for a wonderful organization called the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Our mission is to find a cure for diabetes through the support of research. I have the pleasure of being a Special Events Coordinator and organizing our FIVE Chapter Walks each fall. In my capacity at JDRF, I have had the opportunity to rub shoulders with some phenomenal individuals, whether they be on our Board of Directors, Corporate Walk Teams, or our AMAZING families who deal with diabetes on a daily basis. Because of these relationships, I have recognized the need for a cure for this disease. These kids and their parents have become my heroes. They deal with very specific challenges on a daily basis, but most of them never complain. They are troopers!
I have met several friends (Crystal and Tiburon to name a few) through JDRF, and have fallen in love with them (haha) and their families! Their kids are adorable, and you would never guess that they have diabetes. They are part of the reason I am so passionate about what I do. The photo is Crystal's son, Brenner. He is one of the sweetest, spunkiest boys I know.
Our Chapter produced a video this year featuring some of our GREAT kids and their families talking about their challenges with diabetes. I know each of these families very well and have developed a great love for them! It is for this reason that I am posting this video. We are hoping to raise $1 MILLION through the viral spread of the video through email, blogs, facebook, myspace, etc. Please take a moment to visit the site, watch the video, and (if you are able) make a small donation to the cause. Just WATCHING the video will help, as it drives up our ranking on YouTube. It can be found here (http://www.supportthischarity.com/cure2008). Feel free to spread the word to any and all who are interested.
To all of you who have supported me or my family in our efforts to find a cure, I thank you from the bottom of my heart!