Our One Walk Team received a pretty exciting and motivating email from JDRF this week. Cumulatively, we have raised over $26,100, and if we can raise $3,900 (and hit $30,000!!) more we will be recognized on the day of the Walk, as well as placed onto the JDRF Wall of Fame! The thing about this that makes me the happiest is that this is not a solo effort. This is not just a team effort. In this case, it took the effort of an ARMY to raise this money! (That’s right, Dumbledore’s Army for Davis!) Not a day goes by that we are not humbled by the support of so many people, near and far. And honestly, a big part of reaching our goals has been the benefit of the corporate match!
As we sit here, about 50 days from the JDRF One Walk in Harrisburg, we remain hopeful. The thing is, fundraising is way for us to connect with you: our family and friends. It is a way for us to advocate for Davis and others like him. They have so many technological advances to help them live normal lives, but at the end of the day, they still have Type One Diabetes. So yes, we remain hopeful, hopeful that all this fundraising will lead to the one discovery that will change Davis’s life forever: a cure. With your help, we get closer every day. So thank you.
So this week we started a Couch to 5K program together, as a family. (Jude opted out for now.) So here we are, an overweight, hypertensive dad, an asthmatic mom, and an eleven-year-old with Type One Diabetes. We are all a little softer about the middle than we would like (some more than others, cough, cough, me), and we needed to find some sort of goal to kick start our effort. Well, Saturday, December 10, we will be running in a 5K at Bishop McDevitt. This is not a fundraiser for our JDRF Walk team, or anything that will promote our own cause. But what it is, is a chance for us to get healthier together, as a family.
We all know that there is no cure for Type One Diabetes, and there was no way to prevent Davis from getting it. But the healthier he is throughout his life, the better he will be overall! He has already proven that he can rock through this diabetes thing; we are just hopeful (and overtly optimistic) that a cure will happen sooner rather than later. What his diabetes happens to be though, is manageable. The same goes for Nicole’s asthma (“Sucks to your ass-mar!” — first one to get that quote without Google wins a prize!); she can’t really get rid of it, but it can be controlled to a point. And after a few short days of running, she already has noticed a difference! And then there’s me: my own predicament can actually be righted. I can lose weight, and I can get my blood pressure back to a point where I don’t need to take meds. Beyond all that physical improvement though, is the fact that doing this together is bringing us CLOSER together! And there is nothing like that.
And the 5K at Bishop McDevitt maters to us because that is most likely where the boys will go to high school. So it will be a place with a figurative and literal finish line. And that is cool too.
Moving forward, the next few weeks will be all about a big push for our One Walk team! We will be selling team tee shirts soon (very soon!), and really getting our team organized. So if you haven’t signed up yet, take a minute today to do so! The home page of this site has many ways for you to do so! We want to be a top team again, and we want to once again have a kick-ass team on City Island! You know why? Because Dumbledore’s Army for Davis KICKS ASS!
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