In 20 years as a pediatric endocrinologist, I have seen the effect that diabetes has on children and families. Day to day in my office and year after year as the doctor at Camp Surefire, I have seen struggles and triumphs, tears and joy, conflict and teamwork...the many realities of living with a disease that takes no days off.
While I work to keep my kids (and many young adults) as healthy as I can, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) is working to fund the research that has changed the face of diabetes care. Over the course of my career, JDRF has helped to develop the modern insulins, insulin pumps, and continuous glucose monitors that have made living with diabetes more manageable than ever before. These advancements are amazing, but I want to help them find a cure!
I started running less than 10 years ago as a challenge from a friend. My first 5K led to my first half marathon, which led to hundreds of miles per year since. This year, to celebrate my 50th birthday, I will run in the Boston Marathon to support JDRF and its work in changing the lives of my extended type I family.
Between January 1st and March 13th, I ran over 350 miles in preparation for the Boston Marathon that was scheduled on April 20th. Due to the threat of COVID-19, the marathon has been postponed until September 14th, which gives me plenty of time to log more miles and raise more money towards a cure for type I diabetes!