in less than one week Amy and I will be headed for Ottawa, the capital city of Canada.
Amy was selected as 1 of 40 children from across Canada to participate in JDRF's Kids for a Cure Awareness day on Parliament Hill.
This is a great honor for us.
We first became involved with JDRF back when Amy was diagnosed in February 2012. It wasn't a big involvement, but I found them a great source of information. There are not many children with type 1 diabetes were I live, and I looked to the DOC for comfort, and some sort of feeling that I was doing things "right". I'd seen the wonderful things people had to say about JDRF and the annual walks, and wished that we could participate in one of the walks, and feel like we were making a difference too.
This past June, our family of four travelled to St. John's, NL and participated in our first walk. We raised over $1000 and were quite pleased with that amount.
Then in September, we found out we were selected to attend the Kids for a Cure awareness Day. I'm excited and anxious all at the same time to tell our story. To show the decision makers of the Canadian Government just how important it is for continued and even expansion of the JDRF Canadian Clinical Trial Network. That the research done can truly make a difference in the lives of our children. How it can take away some of the constant worry and hardships.
We often look at our children and think about how diabetes doesn't stop them, and how much they accomplish despite diabetes.....about how diabetes is just something we do, without thinking much about it. But imagine. Imagine what their world will be like when there is no diabetes, and how much easier things will be to accomplish without that worry and the constant battle. I know that someday we can make this a reality, and turn Type One into Type None.
On Tuesday, November 25, 2014, my daughter and I, along with 40 other children and their parents, will respectfully tell our stories and HOPE that the Canadian government will do their part to Step up to Cure Type 1 Diabetes.
If you would like to make a donation, you can do so HERE.