We FINISHED a marathon!!
Type 1 diabetes is horrid. Really horrid. But so what? There are loads of nasty diseases, so why is type 1 special to us? Why did we run a marathon because of it?
Here’s why; more and more people are getting it every year, it disproportionately affects kids, there’s nothing anyone does or doesn’t do to trigger it (it’s not linked to lifestyle, for example), those who get it are also more likely to get a litany of other problems (heart disease, kidney problems, eyesight problems, stroke, problems with feet, shorter lifespan, the list goes on). It costs a fortune to treat and there’s no cure.
We think there’s a really strong prospect that good science and research will cure or at least prevent the disease. Because type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease, unlocking its’ secrets will probably also unlock other auto-immune diseases, like MS. That’s why ran a marathon – the South Downs Trail Challenge – to support JDRF UK.
JDRF are committed to eradicating type 1 diabetes and its effects for everyone in the UK with type 1, and at risk of developing it. To work towards a day when there is no more type 1 they:
- fund world-class research approved and administered by an international research programme to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes
- make sure research moves forward and treatments are delivered as fast as possible
- give support and a voice to people with type 1 and their families
Even the smallest step can make a real difference.
We’d like to pass our sincerest thanks to the 119 people who supported us – the money we raised will help to fund some meaningful science; it will make a difference.
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