When Jack and Nathalie Fox’s youngest son developed type 1 diabetes three years ago they were shocked at the enormous impact of his diagnosis. Every day – and night – requires constant monitoring of his blood sugar so that he can live a healthy and full life.
Faced head on with the significant and dangerous consequences of type 1 diabetes, they learned how to deal with the finger pricks, shots, constant analysis of what he eats and drinks, and unexpected reactions . They also realized there is no “being normal” and that the daily toll on mental and emotional health can be daunting, especially for a teenager. One of the hardest things for them as parents is that even when their son follows all the “rules” of diabetes management and relies on the available technology, good results are not guaranteed.
Because of JDRF, their son’s future is more hopeful than ever. He recently received a basic version of an “artificial pancreas” that uses technology to connect a glucose sensor to his insulin pump to automatically halt insulin delivery when his blood sugar drops to a dangerous level. This technology and other exciting treatments on the horizon are possible because of the commitment to fund research, treatments and a cure by JDRF.
That’s why they are proudly raising money for JDRF. They know they aren’t alone. Millions of families like theirs are living with the daily burdens of this disease. Diagnosed cases are increasing at an alarming rate in both children and adults; the price of insulin has nearly tripled in the past several years; and insurance loopholes impact affordability and limit access to quality care.
JDRF advocates for policies that accelerate access to new therapies and has invested more than $2 billion in research funding since its inception. In fact, JDRF is currently funding 70 active research trials in 21 countries, including $20 million in active research in Colorado. Collaborating with academic institutions, policymakers and corporate and industry partners, JDRF’s vision is clear: a world without type 1.
That’s why Jack and Nathalie are honored to serve as the JDRF Fund a Cure family for this year’s Dream Gala. Their goal is to raise $75,000 – 100% of which goes directly to research – and they launched their campaign with a $25,000 personal donation. Life changing breakthroughs in type 1 therapies are taking place and a cure is on the horizon. Please join them and make a Fund a Cure donation to JDRF today by going to http://bit.ly/FoxFAC19