EVENT DATE: May 01, 2016
Running 26.2 miles is a challenging tasks. It's an item many people place on their bucket list and just want to complete one and be done. I was one of those people, until I finished my first marathon and loved it! I loved it for so many reasons, but primarily because of the challenge it presented, the support it required, and the causes they supported. I wanted my love for running to mean more and to have a larger purpose than myself. That's when I decided I would run the Pittsburgh Marathon to raise funds for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, JDRF.
I choose JDRF charity because my cousin nearly lost his life from the sudden onset of T1D at the age of 18. He was participating at the national riffle championships when he began to feel excessively nervous, shaky, chronically thirsty, and fatigued. Not aware of the symptoms, he attributed the feelings to lack of sleep and nerves. As he tried to compete in the first round, but struggled to concentrate and noticed his vision blurring while sighting in the target. After taking a break, he felt no improvements and ultimately decided to withdraw from the competition and drive to my grandparents. Our family is still thankful he arrived safely because my grandma, a diabetic herself, measured his blood sugar levels and recognized he was at severe risk of a diabetic coma. My cousin is grateful to be here today and did return to the national riffle championships the next year and placed second. Today, he’s established a routine but expresses that he still feels limited in participating in activities.
Family, friends, and community I am asking you to help support me and my fundraising efforts up until the race on May 1st. Please visit team.jdrf.org and search Samantha Sutherland to donate online.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
There are nearly 18.8 million who live with T1D and it's estimated that 7million are undiagnosed. JDRF is the leading global organization funding T1D research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until they achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D.