The importance of community to us
We have been overwhelmed by the support from friends and family since we found out that our growing family has been joined by the disease of Type 1 diabetes. It’s joined us, as, right now, there’s no cure. So we manage it- and Daire manages it- every day.
What we have discovered, since the diagnosis, the power of community- whether in person or via social media- and what a difference it’s made to our lives. We’ve discovered that with your support around us, we can do so much to give Daire what she needs in terms of our love and care. This community- you- is what’s going to keep us going, and this is why we’re inviting you to do what you can. We’re not seeking something beyond what you already have- we’ve already received so much already- but what we’re inviting you to do is help achieve our goals.
If you want to donate, please do. Every cent and dollar you give will be added together for JDRF. If you want to run, cycle or swim, we don’t care if you finish first or last. Your support through your actions and your participation will do so much to help us carry on this ridiculous challenge. Please…do what you can. I guarantee it’ll make a difference.
“Type 1 diabetes is associated with serious health complications including heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, stroke and amputation, as well as reduced life expectancy.”
I’m not going to lie to you…. I nearly always cry when I read that sentence about Type 1 diabetes.
Yes, there have been major advances in the treatment and support of Type 1 diabetes. We, as the parents of a recent recipient of this treatment and support are forever grateful.
The truth is, both Niamh and I don’t really know what lies ahead for Daire.
Yes, a cure is out there.
I’m not a doctor or researcher, so I’m not going to find the cure through research.
But, if you know me, you know I’m not going to idly sit by, hoping someone else does something.
My thing is running, swimming, and cycling and pushing myself to my limits. So, I’ve chosen to embark on this challenge as a way of supporting Daire on hers.
If by doing these events I can help bring forward the day that a cure is found by one day, one month, or one year that Daire, Sadhbh or other Type 1 diabetes sufferers have to deal with their disease, then I know I will have done the best I can and played a tiny part.
Thank you on behalf of our family for all your support in this journey.
Learn more about Type 1 Diabetes
Learn more about JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)
Learn more about groundbreaking JDRF Research