Welcome to Andy's Page
As many of you know, my daughter (Cate) was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes (T1D) two years ago at the tender age of 10. Cate is managing her disease well with the help of cutting edge technology (Continuous Glucose Monitor, Omni Pod insulin pump, and careful monitoring of what she eats and how much she exercises). She is able to ski race, swim competitively, mountain bike, rock climb, and excel at school thanks to the amazing tools available to her. These tools were developed over the past decades from research looking for cures and better management of Diabetes. Without these tools, and the underlying organizations that fund this research, Cate’s future would not be as bright as it is. She still has to deal with daily swings in her blood glucose levels that can be life threatening.
For example: Cate and I frequently ride up Lookout mountain, or hike/run over North Table Mountain after school. This is our way of keeping her exercise levels up during the swimming off season. On Monday of this week, we got about half way up North Table Mtn, when Cate turned white, started shaking and had to sit down. Her blood glucose levels had gone low as she had not properly guessed how much insulin to take with her after school snack. Fortunately, she had her sugar supplies along, and after a handful of Smarties, some water, and about 15 minutes of feeling miserable, she was ready to finish the hike - albeit at a slow pace. Had she not been prepared, with sugar in her pocket, this could have been a life threatening event. Later in the week, we did the exact same walk, and I could not keep up with her as she jogged up, over, and down the mountain while I huffed and puffed behind trying to keep her in sight (I did not succeed ;-). After the climb, she finished her homework, and went to climbing club where she began to run high (elevated bg levels can become dangerous if not treated). Several boluses of insulin later, and we got her back in range around 3:00 in the morning (I did not sleep much that night). Cate had similar carb meals, similar exercise, and similar insulin injections both days, but had dramatically different outcomes. Every day is a new experiment for her.
I joke that I can still beat Cate up the Fire Road on North Table Mtn on my Mountain bike if I am strategic. If I encourage her to dose with too much insulin for her snack before she starts riding, she will go low, and I can get to the top ahead of her ;-) NO, I DON'T ACTUALLY DO THAT TO HER!!! I suspect this was the last summer I could ride at her pace. Next year, she will be chasing Connor - also not at my level. I can only hope she will stop and eat her sugar when necessary as she begins training with the race teams.
We had 35 AlliCATErs ride in the 2017 Tour De Cure this past September, and raised roughly $25,000 for the ADA. As a family, the Logans will again ride with the AlliCATErs in the Tour De Cure on September 8th of 2018 to raise money for research to find ways to better manage Diabetes, and hopefully someday to find a cure for Cate's disease. We greatly appreciate any donations you might wish to make to this cause, or better yet, anyone who would like to join us on next year's ride!
Thank You in advance for giving this cause (research toward a cure for Diabetes and specifically Type One Diabetes) your consideration.
If you are still reading, here are some quick data related to Diabetes:
• Nearly 30,000,000 (30 MILLION) Americans have Diabetes.
• 86,000,000 more have Pre Diabetes.
• 1,400,000 adult Americans will be diagnosed with Diabetes in 2017 (one every 23 seconds!)
• About 208,000 people younger than 20 years have diabetes (1:400)
• 18,436 youth are diagnosed with Type One Diabetes annually (about every 29 minutes an American child goes to the hospital to learn they have Type One Diabetes)
• The incidence of Type One and of Type Two Diabetes is increasing.
• Diabetes is the primary cause of death of 69,000 Americans and contributes to the death of another 234,000 Americans annually.
The monetary cost to our society of Diabetes:
• $245 billion, the total economic burden in 2012
in the U.S. of the cost of diagnosed diabetes,
including $176 billion in direct costs and $69
billion in indirect costs (disability, work loss,
• $322 billion, the total economic burden in 2012
in the U.S. of the cost of diagnosed diabetes,
undiagnosed diabetes, prediabetes, and
• People with diagnosed diabetes have
health care costs 2.3 times higher than what
expenditures would be in the absence of
• 1 in 10 health care dollars is spent treating
diabetes and its complications
• 1 in 5 health care dollars is spent caring for
people with diabetes
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