Hello everyone. My name is Preston Mulligan and this November I will be running the TCS New York City Marathon. This is my first marathon and I'm very excited to say I will be running with Team JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). I wanted to choose a charity that I believe in and one that I have a special connection to. JDRF is just that.
In June of 2014 I was finishing up a run of show in Grand Rapids, was ready to start rehearsals for another, and, OH!, was about to move to a city I barely knew to study theatre. What more could I tack onto the list? Diabetes. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 18 and have dealt with this disease every day of my life since. Living with diabetes has meant constant calculations of what I'm putting in to my body and being conscious of how I treat myself throughout the day, all to stay healthy and alive. I have come a long way in the past two years. I am blessed to have people in my life walk me through the ins and outs of maintaining diabetes. I'm also lucky to have teammates with JDRF that will be running in the marathon who can help me along the way with sharing their own experiences managing Type 1. These people inspire me.
I have hope for the future. I would love to see Type 1 Diabetes get kicked to the curb. The world of diabetes care and management has improved so much in the last few decades with better treatment, impressive technology, and enhancement in care options. I myself wear a wireless pump called the Omnipod that is exactly like having a cell phone - attached to you at all times - that beeps a couple of times...and keeps me alive. Still, it's incredible to have such a life-changing device so readily accessible. Even so, diabetes is, simply put, just no fun. It's expensive, it's time consuming, it's stressful and it's scary.
Luckily, there are wonderful people out there to help me get through the day. People like my parents and family. People like my best friends. People like JDRF. They want an end to this disease just as much as we do and they are willing to fight tooth and nail to get there. I believe in these people and I am truly honored to run for them. Every step I take will be for the millions of other Type 1 Diabetics out there.
My goal is to raise $3500 dollars for Team JDRF. Every dollar that I raise goes straight to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, which means it goes straight to finding a cure. Every dollar counts. No matter how much you can donate, know that it is going to a great cause and one that I, and I hope you, can believe in. Thank you for your support!