On January 2nd, 2018, as we looked forward to a great year with our lively toddler, Judd Raymond was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 13 months old, one of the youngest cases we were told. The news was heartbreaking. We spent 4 days at Children's Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, being educated on our "new Judd" and learning to properly poke needles in tiny fingers, arms, and legs. As soon as he began treatment, the playful boy we knew was back! When he wasn't doing glucose checks and insulin injections, Judd was joyfully cruising around the hospital in a little red Step 2 car (powered by Mama and Daddy), bringing a smile to every face he met. That was his personal vehicle for the duration of our hospital stay. We even parked it in our room. Anyone who knows Judd can tell you that having his own set of wheels meant the world to him! It helped him get through the trauma of waking up to a needle 3 times per night, and that gave us great relief as parents longing to comfort him in this undesirable new reality.
That little car and other toys like it probably came from hospital donations like the one we're hoping you'll make. While at Children's, we came into contact with many parents struggling to accept and manage the serious conditions of their children, and we were blessed by care from a compassionate and knowledgeable hospital staff. Although we are now in the comfort of home with a happy little one who is adjusting well, we are mindful of the parents and care providers at Children's fighting every day to help kids like Judd find joy inside the hospital walls and get back to enjoying their childhood on the outside.
This May 12th, Judd will be raising funds for Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters by participating in the annual CHKD 1-mile Fun Run. Jack/Daddy will be running the 8K and Tisha/Mama will do the 2-mile walk/run with Judd in stroller. We invite you to give toward our donation goal of $2,000 for CHKD. If you'd also like to participate in one of the running events in Norfolk on May 12th, please contact us about joining "Team J RAY": firstname.lastname@example.org.
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