BENEFITING: Joslin Diabetes Center
ORGANIZER: Joslin Diabetes Center
EVENT: Boston Marathon 2014
EVENT DATE: Apr 21, 2014
Most everyone who knows me knows that I have been living with type I diabetes for about 12 years now. This disease is an enormous part of my life. Although there are many negatives of the disease (pricking my fingers to test my blood sugar 10-15 times per day, counting the carbohydrate content of all meals, wearing an insulin pump 24/7 or taking injections, and living with an elevated risk of all sorts of terrible health complications), diabetes has had a tremendous positive impact on my life as well.
In 3 months I’ll graduate from Tufts University with a Masters in Nutrition, become a registered dietitian, and with a little more effort achieve my life-long goal of becoming a diabetes educator. I don’t think this career choice would be quite as enticing and fulfilling if I had not lived with type I diabetes and learned to manage it successfully. Other positive impacts of managing my diabetes include my healthy eating and exercise habits, like long distance running, which probably would not exist in my life had I not been reminded of their importance at countless medical appointments. .
As someone so closely connected to diabetes, I am privileged, proud, and so excited to be running the 2014 Boston Marathon as a member of Team Joslin. Joslin Diabetes Center, located in Boston, is the world's largest diabetes research and clinical care organization, dedicated to ensuring that people with diabetes live long, healthy lives. It offers real hope and progress toward diabetes prevention and a cure. Without places like Joslin working to deliver new information, therapies, technology, and support for managing the disease, I wouldn’t be able to do things like run a marathon (while maintaining nearly normal blood glucose levels) or lead a “normal” life.
I know that we all get many requests from various organizations throughout the year, and that many of you have already supported me and my family in our quest to fundraise for diabetes research. However, if you can, please donate to the Joslin Diabetes Center for me and others whom this disease has affected. Any size donation helps. Thanks for the love and support =)