I run for Frankie…
Earlier this year our 4 year old son was Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. A condition for which there is currently no cure, and which requires multiple injections of insulin every day to live.
Frankie is our little warrior, who has handled a life altering diagnosis better than we ever could have expected. From having to switch preschools, to giving up his Halloween candy, to finger pokes, shots, an insulin pump, to explaining to his siblings that his “number checker” is broken but theirs is okay. He has handled far more than anyone his age should have to, with maturity beyond his years.
Frankie is so excited that Dad is going to run for Diabetes research. He asks us regularly when there will be a cure for T1D, and the reality is that hope is on the horizon!! There is so much promising diabetes research in the works, but to make a cure a reality Joslin Diabetes Center needs our support. Frankie, and the 1 in 300 kids just like him, need our help.
What is Type 1 Diabetes?
Type 1 Diabetes is an auto-immune disease, in which the immune system destroys the insulin making cells in the pancreas, so that the body can no longer absorb glucose from the food we eat. Without glucose, there is no fuel for the cells, and you cannot survive. Additionally, all the extra glucose in the bloodstream unable to be absorbed will slowly destroy the organs in the body. Before the discovery of insulin, the survival rate of Type 1 Diabetes was 0%. It was a universally fatal disease! Today kids like Frankie can do well with proper medical treatment, but they face a lifetime of medical complications. There is much promising research and technological advancements in Diabetes care. Dollars donated to diabetes research today could mean a much brighter future for the children facing this disease.
Joslin Diabetes Center
Founded in 1898, Joslin Diabetes Center is world-renowned for its deep expertise in diabetes treatment and research. Joslin is dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes and ensuring that people with diabetes live long, healthy lives. They develop and disseminate innovative patient therapies and scientific discoveries throughout the world. Joslin is an independent, non-profit institution affiliated with Harvard Medical School, and a federally-funded Diabetes Research Center.