Archive for October 7, 2006

Walking For A Cure

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“As many as 3 million Americans may have type 1 diabetes.* Each year over 13,000 children are diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. That’s 35 children each and every day.”

*Type 1 Diabetes, 2004;KRC Research for JDRF, Jan. 2005

— excerpted from jdrf.org
Fact Sheet – Type 1 Diabetes

My daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes three years ago, just a few days before Thanksgiving. She is not one to sit back and let anything beat her; together we strive to control her diabetes rather than letting it control us. Taking part in the JDRF walks is alot of fun, and one way to remember that she is not alone. There is an indescribable feeling, heartening and empowering, that comes from being among a crowd of people all dealing with the same issue. It’s even better when it takes place on a crisp autumn morning such today, against a beautiful backdrop like the Charles River. On walk day I look back to those first few frightening days of uncertainty and angst and remember how far we’ve come. That instant life-change brought forth from my child a strength previously unknown — a strength that now serves her in every aspect of her life. For that I am grateful.

Meg, your courage and cheerfulness are an inspiration.
I was so proud to walk with you today!

Love, Mom

walk staging area
staging area by the Hatch Shell – John Hancock building in background

arthur fiedler bust
interesting bust of Arthur Fiedler on Charles River Esplanade

heading onto Mass. Ave. bridge
onto the Mass. Ave. bridge – approximately 364 smoots in length

sailboats at mit
sailboats – Mass. Institute of Technology, Cambridge in background

Beacon Hill
Boston’s Beacon Hill and gold-domed statehouse

team t-shirts
many people walk in teams – checking out the colorful t-shirts is part of the fun

my little soldier
my little soldier

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