Monday, September 11, 2006

Walk to Cure Diabetes

I'm posting this for my sister in law Karen.....

September 3, 2006

Dear family and friends,

As many of you already know our son Brett was diagnosed at age 11 with Asperger’s syndrome. Our walk through life is often a difficult one. That walk became even more difficult last August when Brett was diagnosed with a rare form of juvenile diabetes and our lives were changed forever.

When I told Brett there are people working toward a cure he began telling me in moments of frustration, “I hope they get a cure soon, Mom.” or, “My life will never be normal with diabetes, Mom. When will they find a cure?” Brett must take up to 4-5 shots a day in order to survive. His Asperger’s has definitely been a challenge but it’s the diabetes that he sees as ruining his life.

This is why on Sunday October 8th our family will join in the Walk to Cure Diabetes hosted by Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. We will be joining 500,000 walkers across the country to raise over $80,000,000.

Type 1 diabetes and Brett’s rare form is a life threatening disease that effects millions of people- many of them children. And, there is no way to prevent these types of diabetes - or even to predict which child will develop them next.

But there is good news. For the first time scientists are predicting that we can expect to see a cure within our lifetime. The sooner the better as far as we’re concerned.

This is why I’m writing to you today. Our team, Brett’s Walking Wonders, has a personal goal of $5,000. You donation to JDRF, even a few dollars, can make a life changing difference in Brett’s life and millions of other children. Please help us in making a cure a reality.

Thank you so much for your support, prayers and kind wishes for our family and especially for Brett. Below you will find information on how to donate or even join our team.

Many heartfelt thanks in advance for your help.

Most Gratefully,

Karen Emigh

P.S. Please use the enclosed envelope to return your donations to us by October 1, 2006. Just make the check payable to JDRF and mail to our address at: 1485 Ingrid Drive, Dixon Ca 95620. If you would like to donate online instead please visit my walk page at:

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