Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes

A number of years ago I had the pleasure to meet a great guy, John Eddy.  At the time, he worked for Microsoft and was involved with the MVP program. 

I'd like to take this opportunity to personally thank John for something he's doing, that turns out to be near and dear to my heart.  John is participating in Nordstrom's "Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes" campaign, this year.  John has elected to participate in the 8K race portion.  The "Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes" campaign has one primary purpose. It helps to raise money to fund the research necessary to cure Juvenile (Type 1) Diabetes and help educate a wide variety of people about this disease.  This disease affects an estimated 800,000 people in the U.S. alone! People with Type 1 diabetes are "insulin dependent". Their own immune system destroys the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin.  Insulin is used by the body to process glucose (what all those carbohydrates you eat turn into, also known as "blood sugar") to fuel the body. Type 1 diabetes can strike at any age. Its called Juvenile Diabetes, because it usually shows up in childhood, but there have been new patients diagnosed as late as 40 years old.

Now, why is this near and dear to my heart?  My youngest son, Geoffrey, is a Type 1 diabetic.  He was diagnosed 5 years ago, at the age of 10.  He will live with daily testing of his blood sugar levels (6 times a day, or more) and daily insulin injections.  He will soon be on an insulin pump, which will reduce the number of injections he must take, but the rest of it goes on and on...... Without a cure, this will continue for the rest of his life. 

What can be done?  Simple, help John and others raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  The JDRF (you may have seen their TV ads with Mary Tyler Moore) exists to help fund research into a cure for this disease, as well as providing information for health care providers, reasearchers, families and patients about Type 1 diabetes.

How can you help?  Easy as can be.  Go to http://www.beatthebridge.org/goto/johneddy and sign up as a sponsor for John.  Help him help the JDRF raise the money to help find a cure for this disease!

Why is John doing this?  See his April 23rd blog entry at http://www.jaydeflix.com

Where can you find more information about the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes and what you can do to help find a cure?  Visit the JDRF's web site at http://www.jdrf.org.

Thanks in advance, to all of you who decide to help John, my son and others afflicted with this lifelong disease!

Best regards,
Doug Knox

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