Today I was a part of JDRF’s Walk to Cure Diabetes event. This was my time participating in a Diabetic walk and it was so humbling to be a part of this amazing organization and experience. It was so great to see so many people out on a Sunday morning at Anaheim’s Angel Baseball Stadium coming together as one to walk as one unit supporting each other in something that we all strive for… a cure. It is truly unbelievable to see the amount of people and family members that Diabetes affects, and yet, there is no cure. For a disease that is ranked globally as one of the top 10 leading disease of death, it deserves to have more attention and awareness.
Some quick facts. Type One Diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin. Insulin is a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. This occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin producing cells in the pancreas called beta cells. This disease has nothing to do with lack of diet and exercise lifestyles. It cannot be prevented or cured. Around 26 million Americans have Diabetes, only 3 million of those Diabetics have Type One. People need to understand that there are two different kinds of Diabetes and it is a serious condition that needs to be focused on.
I wanted to express my grateful gratitude towards my amazing team that came together for the walk and to my supporters that help me in my every step. It felt so great to walk side by side with my friends, family, and the thousands of other diabetics there raising awareness and donating towards a cure! I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time. Not only was it a great day for the cause, but coming together as a family was one of the best gifts of the day. We were walking together with love to make a difference in something that we strongly believe in. My hope is that everyone out there can find an organization to be passionate about to make difference in the world.