My first memory of Diabetes was when I was 13 at summer camp and I got a call from my parents to let me know that my grandmother had just had her leg amputated because of complications from diabetes. Since that time, I've become more aware of just how many people suffer from this disease. I'm in awe of how far the research and resources to help families manage diabetes have come in those 36 years but am still dismayed by how many people are managing the effects of the disease today. On a hand-my father, my late father-in-law, one of my brothers, good friends and children of friends suffer from the disease and those are only the people I'm aware of. I've long become accustomed to having sugar free desserts at the table, to getting a better understanding of how your body processes food into sugar and how having diabetes can make even a simple flu, trickier to recover from.
I want to raise awareness of this disease and help fund the continued research to make it more manageable for those who have it. That's why I'm so excited to run my first marathon ever supporting the Joslin Diabetes Center.
Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Joslin Diabetes Center undertakes diabetes research, clinical care, education and health and wellness programs on a global scale. Joslin is dedicated to ensuring that people with diabetes live long, healthy lives and offers real progress in preventing and curing diabetes. Joslin is an independent, nonprofit institution affiliated with Harvard Medical School, and is recognized worldwide for driving innovative solutions in diabetes prevention, research, education, and care.
Their mission is to prevent, treat and cure diabetes. Their vision is a world free of diabetes and its complications.