Monday, September 7, 2009

A Walk For a Cure

We are just kicking off an effort to help raise money for a cure for diabetes. Our youtube video is here:

A letter we're e-mailing friends and family is follows:

We are writing to ask for your support in a very important cause. As most of you know, our daughter, Elizabeth, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in November of last year. This October, we will be participating with thousands of other families in Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Walk to Cure Diabetes.

Since it’s founding in 1970 by parents of children with Type 1 Diabetes, JDRF has awarded more than $1.1 billion to diabetes research. More than 85 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education.

Type 1, or juvenile, diabetes, is a devastating, often deadly disease that affects millions of people—a large and growing percentage of them children.

Many people think Type 1 Diabetes can be controlled by insulin. While insulin does keep people with Type 1 Diabetes alive, it is not a cure. Aside from the daily challenges of living with Type 1 Diabetes, there are many severe, often fatal, complications caused by the disease. Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

For Elizabeth, diabetes means that she must have her finger poked an average of eight times a day to check her blood glucose level, and that she must have a tiny plastic tube lodged under her skin keeping her connected to an insulin pump 24 hours a day. The pump has improved her life considerably, but it cannot prevent her from still experiencing frustrating high and low blood sugars and the accompanying symptoms of fatigue, frustration, and grogginess.

Elizabeth will never outgrow diabetes, but we have hope that JDRF will find a cure for this terrible disease within her lifetime.

Won’t you please help Elizabeth and all of the 200,000 children with diabetes by “Saying Boo to Diabetes” on October 31, 2009? There are three ways you can help:

1. The easiest way is to give a tax deductible donation via the website then select Arizona as your state, and search for the “Live for Lizzie” team. Donate to the walker and fill in the information needed.
2. You can join our team, and walk with us. To join our team also go to and search for “Live for Lizzie” and register as a walker. If you’d like to collect pledges in addition to walking, just forward this information to every you.
3. Send us a donation made payable to JDRF.

No donation is too small. No amount of support is too little. Your consideration is greatly appreciated.


proud parents said...

What time is the walk? I work that night and the night before, but if it's early on in the morning, sign me up.

tempe turley said...

The walk is on October 31 at 9am, details here:

Thanks Jennifer, it would be great to have you :-)

proud parents said...

Hmmm . . . registration is 7:30am and I don't get home until 8 or 8:30. I might just have to make a donation. Do you guys have flyers? I can post them up at work (I work all over the valley, so I cover a lot of ground).

H said...

I linked this post to my blog in the comment section, but now I'd like to post the video as well. Is that cool? I'm crying pretty good right now. Well done!

tempe turley said...


Not sure about fliers, I'll let you know.

Thanks Helena and Jennifer for your kind support and interest.