“Our family’s journey with type 1 diabetes began on a Friday afternoon in November 2008. We were getting ready to take our son, Carson, who was just shy of 21 months old at the time, to the doctor. We walked into the clinic doors, not knowing that the next time we walked out of them our lives would be forever changed. After describing his symptoms, they performed a blood test and Carson’s blood sugar was so high the clinic meters couldn’t even read it…Our little boy had type 1 diabetes.
We were told that Carson would need to be monitored in the hospital for a few days in order to start treatment. We had so many questions and felt so helpless as we tried to understand the new world we were entering into. We ended up spending 3 nights in the hospital. It was during this time that JDRF first entered our lives. Our introduction to JDRF was through the Bag of Hope. Rufus the bear was an instant comfort to Carson, and the wealth of resource material in the bag helped us know that there was someone out there who knew what we were going through – someone who could help us along the way. This helped turn a feeling of hopelessness into a feeling of extreme hopefulness.
In the years since then, JDRF has been the vehicle that has helped us meet numerous families who know exactly what we feel, and numerous kids who know exactly what Carson goes through each day. Through the JDRF Gala, TypeOneNation Summit, or family outreach events, we’ve been able to join an exclusive community in the fight to turn Type 1 into Type None.
Of all the events that JDRF organizes, One Walk has been one of the most memorable for us. Each year, we’ve had a lot of success raising money for our walk team through a letter writing campaign. We send a letter telling Carson’s story and emphasizing the importance of JDRF, and we ask for support toward finding a cure. This letter writing campaign has resulted in an outpouring of support and donations for Carson’s Crew. And the feeling that we get on walk day, seeing seemingly endless crowds of people all fighting toward the same goal, is overwhelming and motivating.
Join us on August 19th so that you can see for yourself how special this event is, and so that you can help us to put an end to T1D. Let’s turn Type 1 into Type None!”
— The Wheeler’s