Thursday, March 21, 2013

JDRF Promise Ball - Meet the Naturally Sweet Sisters and RSVP Today!

JDRF2013 Promise Ball
Thinking you need a night out???  Why not head over to the Promise Ball!  Click Here!

Remember when I told you about this?

This is from the JDRF photo shoot for the 28th Annual Promise Ball.  The ball will be held at the MGM Grand in Detroit, Michigan on May 3rd, 2013.  For reservation information, click here.

At the time, I couldn't believe that our family was selected to be part of such a significant fundraiser.  This is one of the single most important events that JDRF hosts.

The money that is raised for this year's ball will go straight into the Artificial Pancreas (AP) project.  For my two daughters as well as everyone else that is living with type 1 diabetes, the promise of the AP means that my children will be living a higher quality of life with less chance of sudden death from low (or high) blood sugars.  Believe me, after almost seven years of living with this disease, not a moment goes by where I am not highly aware of the impact daily life (excercise, adrenaline, illness, nutrition, and insulin to name a few of our daily duties) places on our attempt to manage blood sugars.  I often describe what we do as attempting to hit a bullseye while blind-folded and standing in darkness. 

It is very, very, very hard to live with type 1 diabetes, no matter how easy we try to make it appear.

While I rarely talk about the possibility of death, the truth is that without better technology (and until there is a CURE), kids and adults living with type 1 diabetes are susceptible to this very grim reality. 

I don't like to think about it either.

From the JDRF Promise Ball website:

All proceeds from this year’s Fund A Cure will be directed toward JDRF’s Artificial Pancreas Project.  JDRF has made the development of an artificial pancreas a research priority because this device has the potential to revolutionize diabetes care and support the effectiveness of the other cure therapeutics now being investigated by JDRF-funded scientists across the globe. An artificial pancreas will link an insulin pump to a continuous glucose monitor, providing the right amount of insulin at the right time, just as the pancreas does in people without diabetes. As a result, people with diabetes will be able to achieve more normal glucose levels and reduce their risk of the devastating complications of the disease.

Your support of JDRF’s Artificial Pancreas Project through Fund A Cure will accelerate the development of an artificial pancreas and our progress toward improving the lives and futures of people living with type 1 diabetes.

Your contribution is 100 percent tax-deductible.

Join us as we make medical history.

2013 Promise Ball
When I look at the pictures or read the words that JDRF has written, I still feel that same awe.  After all, our story is no greater than any other family who is living with type 1 diabetes.  Each person living in the DOC is a HERO! 

With that understanding, our family feels a deep dedication to trying to do our very best in representing everyone in the DOC.  We all want better technologies, better management ideas, better care and we will certainly share as many stories as we can to explain that and to ultimately, help JDRF get there.

And by 'there', I mean a CURE!

Now, my only hope is that we can help gather up some research dollars. 

Know someone who might be interested in attending?  Please feel free to share this article and pass it along to everyone you know.  Together, we can make medical history.

For information on how to get involved, please contact:JDRF, Metro Detroit & Southeast Michigan Chapter, 24359 Northwestern Hwy., Suite 225, Southfield, MI 48075
Phone: 248-936-1281 - Fax: 248-355-1188 - Email: Susan Kossik



Shari said...

Can't wait to spend time with you guys! Love!

Naturally Sweet Sisters said...

Me too Shari! It will be a memory to last a life-time!