One week until NYC Marathon !!
October 30, 2016
I am running my first marathon at age 56. As many of you know, I love running, whether it is just running at the park or track, or coaching kids. That being said, I never have had a desire to run a marathon (or train for one} until now. I was lucky to be accepted to the 2016 NYC Marathon via the lottery. When I mentioned it to a few friends, they advised me that I should fundraise for a cause. That being said, here's my story on a disease that I would love to see defeated.
On May 1, 2015, my then 17 year old son, Conor, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). We were shocked, scared, and very unsure what this all meant for a strong and healthy kid. Conor's senior track season, as well as others aspects of his life, were greatly impacted by the diagnosis.
As we learned more about T1D, we understood that it was a disease with no cure. Over the past 15 months, Conor has handled this disease with grace and strength. With Conor's faith and the support of his family and friends, he has been able to manage this. T1D is unforgiving and there are days that are very challenging for Conor. He has still been able to compete as a Division 1 runner for Bucknell and looks forward to having an outstanding career as a student athlete.
Conor is lucky that he has the support, that he has the inner strength and that he is an athlete, but we need to find a cure. There are many children (and adults) that are affected by this disease -- we need to continue to find enhancements and a CURE. I look for any donations to help support this cause, and if you cannot donate, your thoughts and prayers for all those inflicted with T1D.
A few details on T1D and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, (JDRF).
What is Type 1 Diabetes (T1D)?
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone people need to get energy from food. T1D strikes both children and adults at any age and suddenly. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. Though the causes of T1D are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers play a role. There is currently nothing you can do to prevent it, and there is no cure.
Life with T1D
Living with T1D is a constant balancing act. People with T1D must regularly monitor their blood-sugar level, inject or continually infuse insulin through a pump, and carefully balance their insulin doses with eating and daily activities throughout the day and night.
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our strength lies in our exclusive focus and singular influence on the worldwide effort to end T1D.
Vision: A world without type 1 diabetes
Mission: Accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications