On April 15, 2020, my daughter, Natalie, will mark 25 years with diabetes and I will be packing my bags to fly to Boston and run the 124th Boston Marathon. I'll be running to raise funds for JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. This will be my third time running Boston for JDRF, an organization that gives hope to all children with diabetes and their families.
I first ran Boston on April 15, 2013, when Natalie was a senior at Wellesley College, a famous landmark along the 26.2-mile marathon course, and was marking her 18th year with diabetes. As I run this year, Natalie is completing her dissertation for her PhD in clinical psychology. She will be focusing on the treatment of children with chronic medical diagnoses, including diabetes. She plans to "pay forward" the wonderful support she received as a young girl.
As a former president of JDRF Hawaii and former member of JDRF's international research review panel, I know firsthand what an effective organization it is, and how critical it is to support its work to end T1D. I am excited to run Boston with several of my friends and fellow JDRF supporters, including Andy Sugg. Andy and I run for our children (pictured with us after the 2014 Boston Marathon) and we're getting too old for this, so please support our quest and make sure we don't have to do this again!!
(The embedded video is now twelve years old, but is just as relevant as when Natalie made it.)
Mahalo for your support.