My name is Austi Baacke. I am 14 years old, a freshman at Sturgis Charter Public School, from Sandwich, MA, and I am also a Type I Diabetic. I am running this year's 116th Boston Marathon for Joslin’s High Hopes Fund. The High Hopes Fund makes it possible for Joslin to work through new and existing barriers, and provides the much-needed hope for a world without diabetes and its complications (Ketoacidosis, Hypoglycemia, Blindness, Kidney Disease, Nerve Disease, Amputations, Heart Disease, and Stroke). I was diagnosed on March 13, 2005, a day I will never forget. When the doctor said, “You have Type I Diabetes,” I remember asking, “Is there a cure?”. When he said, “No”, I said “Well I have a really high IQ, I will find a cure.” Even though I was only seven at the time it became my mission to find a cure.
In 2005, when I was diagnosed, 30 children were being told that they are Type I Diabetics a day in the United States alone. Today 80 children a day are being told that for the rest of their lives they will need to prick their finger 6 to 10 times a day, that they will need 4-6 injections of insulin a day, or be connected to an insulin pump 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. That they will constantly worry that they will not get their insulin and die. While insulin keeps us alive it is not a cure; without insulin you die! Unfortunately, the cases of Type 1 Diabetes is increasing by 5% every year.
I am asking for your help in acheiveing my goal of making it so that no child has to be told that they have Type I Diabetes. Type 1 diabetes, often referred to as “Juvenile Diabetes”, is a life threating illness. Many people think that “juvenile” means you grow out of it, unfortunately it is characterized that way because usual onset is before the age of fifteen; although a person can be diagnosed at any age. I would love nothing more than to find a cure but even being able to prevent Type I Diabetes would be amazing.
Thank you for reading my profile. Please help me acheive my goal of a world without diabetes by donating today!
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