My eldest daughter Lauren is a TYPE 1 Diabetic. She wasn't born with it, she was diagnosed at 4 years of age. It has nothing to do with anything she ever ate. TYPE 1 is an autoimmune disease. It means that every day for the rest of her life or until we find a cure, she will be pricking her fingers, checking her blood sugar level, then injecting herself with insulin to keep herself alive. This will be repeated up to a dozen times every day... EVERY DAY or she will simply die. There is no diet or supplement to fix this or make this easier. It's just the way it is. She needs insulin injections to live. When she is sleeping, Kim and I take turns waking up during the night every few hours to prick her fingers and check her blood.
I cry because i can't fix it. If donating my pancreas would cure her it would be done already. Raising money for JDRF to help find a cure is the only thing I can do. I am doing it in the knowledge that every dollar is going to make a difference in Laurens lifetime.
This means better, less invasive technology now and a cure in the near future. That's why I am asking for your support.
In exchange for your donation, I am going to try to achieve something extraordinary. I am taking part in one of the worlds toughest 100km ultra-marathon events. It is taking a long time to train for this. So far I have lost over 15kg. I have competed in a 20km trail run, a 2km ocean swim, and the Huskisson Long distance Triathlon. And I am still no where near ready to tackle an ultra-marathon.
And it's not just me, there are over a dozen "pricks" involved now. All of us are running this whole ultra-marathon. We all want to see a world with fewer finger pricks, hence our team name "Too Many Pricks". Most of the team have little idea what it is like to live with Type 1 diabetes, and I am incredibly humbled and grateful that they would do this extraordinary thing
Please donate now with whatever you can, and help us raise awareness by following us on instagram @toomanypricks and on facebook @toomanypricks or check our webpage: www.toomanypricks.com.