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I’m preparing to do my first 5K in September, and to that end, agreed to walk with my aunt and cousins in August to benefit The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The Foundation will sponsor walks all over the country this year; if you’re not signed up to walk, I encourage you to sponsor someone who is walking.

Diabetes has a root in our family; my maternal grandmother had Type 1 diabetes and it compromised her health greatly. While she was able to supplement with insulin injections, she lost her sight completely and suffered an early death because of the illness. I remember my Grandpa telling me that all of Grandma’s siblings also had Type 1 diabetes; clearly there’s a genetic link there. And one of my cousin’s daughters was ill last summer–in fact, she was quite ill at Grandpa’s funeral and wake. As it turned out, she was on her way to a diabetic coma, but her pediatrician kept thinking it was the flu. By the time my cousin got her to the ER, her blood glucose level was over 700 mg/dl. Normal is 80-120 mg/dl.

Anyhow, if you’re interested in donating, please consider sponsoring my walk on August 4. Or better yet, drop me a note and join our team and walk with us! We’d love to have another walker, and the course is only 1.5 miles. It is on Michigan State’s campus, but I’m told they won’t throw me out for wearing a U of M t-shirt. 😉 Good thing, eh?

To make an online donation, please go to my fundraising page at http://walk.jdrf.org/walker.cfm?id=86714846 ..

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