Will your family be next?

Posted Sep 27th, 2008 by Lori Karasek  Category: Events,


One out of every three children born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime. Over a third of our population has diabetes. These are scary, real statistics. In your lifetime, there is a very good chance that somene you know and love will get diabetes.

I know because it happened to me. After I started working at JDRF, I noticed my son had the signs of diabetes. Routine tests showed he didn’t have diabetes. I then learned about testing for antibodies, which means a blood test can show if the pancreas is starting to stop working.

I had my son, Kedrick, tested and sure enough he has the antibodies. He started on a preventive course of treatment that involves a shot of insulin daily. He also has to poke his finger 4 – 8 times a day to check his blood sugar levels. As the months go by, his sugar levels keep getting higher. Likely this means he will soon have to take more shots of insulin. And, one day, he might depend on insulin to stay alive.

Insulin isn’t a cure. Diabetes is unforgiving and relentless. Even with proper management, it can still lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness and amputations.

Most people think type 1 diabetes happens because people eat too much sugar. That’s not it at all. Type 1 diabetes often happens when the body attacks the beta cells (cells that make insulin, which turns food into energy). When the beta cells are gone, you have diabetes and need insulin to stay alive.

Please join me and my family on October 4 at Ottawa Park in Toledo for the Walk to Cure Diabetes. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. and the Walk starts at 10 a.m. There is free food, fun and lots of people who want to find a cure for this terrible disease!

Even if you cannot walk, or cannot come to the event, you can still join the fun and raise money. You can register or donate by calling JDRF at 419-873-1377 or visiting Credit card donations welcome by phone and online.

JDRF is rated as one of the most efficient charities in the world and has a coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Forbes and the Wall Street Journal applaud JDRF’s efficiency. More than 85% of all money raised goes directly to research and research related programs.

Donations for the walk are accepted even after the walk. Please participate. Everyone raising $100 or more is eligible for prizes. We ask each walker to ask 10 people for $10 each. That’s the $100 that earns you a JDRF Walk t-shirt!

I hope to see you at the walk!


Lori J. Karasek
Branch Manager

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One Response to “Will your family be next?”

  1. John Says:

    I’ve been to this walk. It’s a great event, and JDRF is awesome!!!!!!!! I’m going. I have a cousin who has diabetes and one of the teachers at my school just found out her son has it!!!! SUPPORT JDRF!!!!

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