Rob Anger wrote -
Jennifer and I greatly appreciate your willingness to participate in this campaign! Type 1 Diabetes is a constant struggle for Jennifer an millions of others. Not only is a restrictive, daily burden, but the long term impacts of amputations, blindness, heart attack, and stroke can occur very early in life. Additionally, it is important to remember most T1Ds have had this disease since they were children and need a little boost from the rest of us sometimes.
This is a scary part of our lives, and living far from home sometimes it feels like she does not have support. This experience has reminded her of all the people who care about her. Not only that, but may other type 1 diabetics are looking at my page and gaining encouragement from the outpouring of support.
I really do think your contribution makes far more difference than just money. This is love that helps keep T1Ds motivated when it feels like an endless struggle.
1/17/15 in dallas a benefit was held in honor of Imoh who passed away recently at 28 after fighting T1D throughout his life. His story is a reminder of the seriousness of this disease. Jennifer and I would love for your donations to be made in his name to support the benefit, his family, and his brother, my friend and colleauge Bassey.
This campaign supports Type 1 Diabetics and all donations will support the Juvinelle Diabetes Research Foundation. Type one diabetics suffer with their disease each and every day. Not only do diabetics have to deal with daily injections and blood tests, but even if they manage their disease perfectly they will occassionally get "low" which seems to be a combination of being miserably sick and blacked out drunk. THEN, to top things off, they are at increased risk of all sorts of awful long term damage like amputation, blindness, kidney and liver failure, heart attack... I mean, come on! This starts when T1Ds are kids and is a life long illness. At the turn of the last century humans figured out how to give insulin to patients and that is the last thing we have done! Okay... Okay... there are a few other things but insulin injections are still the treatment at the end of the day. Which sucks. We are better than that. Especially when you realize T1Ds are typically the most positive, awesome people... and, I swear... totally overindex in hotness. It's weird.
The other goal of this campaign is to bring awareness to the difference between type one and type two diabetes. If for no other reason than if one more person tells my wife "diet and exercise" or says, "well you are not fat?" I may punch them square in the nose. I am going to try to be as sensitive to type 2 diabetics as possible, but you have to understand this is frustrating. I am no Doogie Hauser so please don't message me with my scientific errors. IDGAF. Overall, here is the difference:
Type one diabetes: Genetic disorder, typically starting during childhood, which stops the pancreas from producing insulin completely and it never starts again. Essentially, "dat panc is hella dead". So, from then on, no matter what you eat or how many squats you do, you will always have to give shots of insulin in order to... live... and stuff. Insulin is used by the body to bring fuel to muscles and feeds off sugar, converting it into something else or whatever... doesn't matter. Fact is, your body won't make it, you didn't do anythign to deserve it, and you're a done deal without shots.
Type two diabetes: This is brought on by age... or more likely, over working the pancreas by eating too much sugar and forcing the pancreas into over production and eventual burn out. Sometimes pills, diet, and exercise can get the pancreas back into normal levels of insulin production. I get it... it's not always people's fault... but the fact is, it is preventable. It is an epidemic. And it has taken the focus/atttention/awareness away from T1D patients who often times were skinny little 4 year olds who aren't even allowed to eat starburst, let alone ALL THE STARBURST... IN THE STATE.... Okay, not sensitive... sorry. Diabetes is a bummer regardless. But, T1D needs the attention and these people deserve a cure. Not a treatment.
My grandma has T2D so please don't send me messages if you are crying about it. Just close this page and keep living your life. I love you all. I am just worried about my wife.
So, if you are not hating me and you are super pumped off what I am typing, or you just figure you'll deal with me to get involved... right on! There are plenty of things you can do:
Join the team! You don't even need to give me money. Just join us and post the link to this fundraiser were ever you can.. Facebook, Twitter, Insta, Linkedin, tumblr, pintrest, vine, google+, Foursquare, the park (that's not how this works).
All Donations are 100% tax deductable and upon donating you will receive a email receipt for tax purposes.