Our T1D Story: Jack’s Pack

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Jennifer Schuh was no stranger to Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) when her son, Jack, was diagnosed at 20 months old. By that time, her brother and father had been living with T1D for years. However, seeing her son start this journey and knowing there is still no cure, Jennifer decided to fight back. After getting involved in JDRF’s One Walk as “Jack’s Pack,” Jennifer and her family are now leading the charge on fundraising and starting a new journey – the journey with JDRF to find a cure.

This desire stemmed from the realization that, since he was diagnosed so young, Jack “will live with diabetes for practically his whole life. There really won’t be any sense of ‘before diabetes’ for him. I want a life for him that is as bright and as hopeful as any other child.” Unfortunately, dealing with diabetes means that Jack’s life growing up will always be different than the children around him. At only two years old, Jack is already on an insulin pump and a CGM which his mom manages as he navigates highs and lows.

Despite these challenges, Jennifer’s family refuse to let this stop Jack from being a normal kid. This support allows Jack to be the energetic and happy kid that we see in the video here.

Spurred forward by her desire to give Jack a future “the opportunity to do whatever he wants in life without complications,” the entire family has rallied around him and become Jack’s Pack!

The three generations of T1D in the Schuh Family

Jack’s Pack will be walking at the Chicago Suburbs One Walk at the College of DuPage on October 16th! It’s not too late to sign up! Register for free at walk.jdrf.org