It's that time of year again for the JDRF fundraising walk here in MN.
We walk for my son Tom. This is him pictured, at a recent belt ceremony at Kung Fu. He loves
Kung Fu. I can't believe how hard he works at practice, usually ending up drenched with sweat. Some of his other favorite things include the Chinese immersion school he attends, and of course, soccer. I think these all may be life-long pursuits of his. He also continues to be the guy that wants to make sure everyone is included and enjoying themselves, and loves helping others.
As some of you know, Tom has Type 1 Diabetes. Type 1 is an auto-immune disease (not caused by diet and lifestyle). It affects every thing he does. When exercising, he has to be sure his blood sugar doesn't drop too low. At other times, it can go too high. Almost all of the time, he is able to catch it before it gets too high or low because he is now wearing a continuous glucose monitor
. It's a device that attaches to him (we change it once a week) that allows him to view his glucose levels whenever he wants. We can also view that info on our smart phones. So when he's at school all day, we can keep an eye on him too.
This sort of innovation wouldn't have been possible without groups like the JDRF pushing for more and better treatment options, and eventually a cure. That is why on February 20, 2016, I'll be joining in a walk to help raise funds for the JDRF. This is the second year we've done this, and after seeing all the incredible things that have happened in managing Diabetes, I'm confident and proud to be able to support my son, and the JDRF, in this way. If you can help, please do so at http://tiny.cc/TomJDRF2016
Thank you very much.