My 16th Annual Robert G. Sabin Memorial Walk to Stop Diabetes!
Hello friend, and welcome to my fundraising page! Thank you so much for clicking that link!
I chose an oldie-but-goodie photo of me and dad this year. One of my favorites, that I thought I would share again to show off that I was recently playing with some colorizing software and was able to add a bit of color to the photo. Color is not necessarily better than black and white, but it does at least make you look at the photo with new eyes, and notice details that you might not have noticed before, which is fun.
Diabetes killed my dad in 2005, and I started walking that same year, just three months after he died. As I head into my 16th annual walk this year, it feels like all of us are dealing with one crisis after another, and for diabetics, it's even tougher. Last year insulin affordability was at the forefront; this year it is the added risks of serious complications from Covid-19 that diabetics face.
Today alone over 4,100 people will be diagnosed, and more than 30 million adults and children in the United States are living with this terrible disease. That's almost 10% of the population! Even scarier, almost 25% of people with diabetes in the U.S. are still undiagnosed, so they aren't getting the care they need.
In 2018, a new study suggested that diabetes is actually the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S. (until Covid-19 overtook it), not the 7th as it currently stands. Researchers have long agreed that diabetes is an underreported cause of death and in this new study, they estimated that diabetes accounts for 12 percent of U.S. deaths, not the 3.5 percent currently attributed to it. Think about that. Only heart disease and cancer, and tragically, this year, Covid-19, are killing more Americans.
Diabetes is not going to go away on its own. It is only through our efforts together that we will tackle this.
Please help if you can.
When you donate:
You spread awareness of the devastating effects of diabetes.
You advocate for a child discriminated against in school because of diabetes.
You fund life-saving research.
You provide access to community programs, kids' camps and free resources that help those living with diabetes.
Thank you for making a donation to this cause that is so very important to me!
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