Many thanks to Roy for sharing his letter!
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I reach out to many of you each year in support of a worthy diabetes-related cause with the American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure. And many of you generously sponsor me. So why am I coming to you again this year? I am doing so because I have been encouraged by the efforts and progress being made by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in finding a cure for diabetes.
Many of you have witnessed or can imagine the effect caused when a child is struck with Type 1 diabetes. It changes the child. It changes the family, and sometimes catastrophically. As captain for Team Johnson & Johnson this year, I am walking on October 9th once again with the Smith family who have been struck particularly hard by diabetes. In 2008, nine year old John a friend and teammate on my son’s little league baseball team, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. John’s mom Linda was shocked and extremely saddened to discover this because she has Type 1 diabetes too. As Linda shared with me “I’m overwhelmed trying to care for his diabetes as well as my own. As John just asked me the other day, “when will they find a cure”, I told him ‘soon, very soon’. That’s what I’m striving for each day, the day a cure will be found. I truly believe and hope that he will see a cure in his lifetime. Thanks to team Johnson and Johnson for your help in striving for this invaluable goal for John and I.”
Will you join me in consideration of children and families who are impacted by diabetes? Thank you for your support and appreciate your consideration per the link below.
Together we can and will make a difference in the lives of all people with diabetes. For more information about the JDRF, please see the note below my signature.
Yours in Walking for a Cure,
JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes Team Captain
JDRF Bay Area: leading the way to a cure
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is the worldwide leader for research to cure type 1 diabetes. It sets the global agenda for diabetes research, and is the largest charitable funder and advocate of diabetes science worldwide. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly, and can be fatal. Until a cure is found, people with type 1 diabetes have to test their blood sugar and give themselves insulin injections multiple times or use a pump – each day, every day of their lives. And even with that intensive care, insulin is not a cure for diabetes, nor does it prevent its eventual and devastating complications, which may include kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke, and amputation.