Between my parents, three younger siblings and myself, half of us have Type 1 Diabetes. There was no family history when my brother Jim was diagnosed 21 years ago (he was only in 1st grade). Soon after my mom was diagnosed, and eventually we found out my youngest sister Molly is diabetic as well. Diabetes is also in Kevin's family, so when we got married we decided that instead of giving favors, we would make a donation to the American Diabetes Association on behalf of our guests.
Diabetes is a disease when a person's body does not produce insulin (Type 1) or does not respond to the insulin that is being produced (Type 2). It's livable, but requires a change in lifestyle. Diabetics have to watch what they eat, exercise, take shots of insulin and test their blood sugar tests multiple times throughout the day. They are also at risk for heart disease, kidney failure, amputations or blindness if they don't take care of themselves properly.
Raising money for research and hopefully finding a cure for diabetes is obviously very close to my heart, but I'm sure a lot of you know at least one person with this disease. Please consider donating, any amount you can give is helpful.
Please read their stories and donate to Team WolfePack.
Now for the baking aspect of the post (aka
Jim's Story (Living with Diabetes)
Melissa's Story (Living with Diabetic Family Members)
Learn more about Diabetes
Learn more about American Diabetes Association
Learn more about Tour de Cure