Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Walk to Cure 2011

November is National Diabetes Month so posting about the walk seems like the perfect way to kick it off!  Every Tuesday I will be posting about our life w/ diabetes.  We will try to do a video every day (Tuesdays) to show you exactly what it's like to check sugar, change a pod, etc.  I think Suzannah will be excited to share!  

The Walk to Cure this year was great.  We were out of town the weekend they did it in Dallas so we attended to one in Ft. Worth.  It was a beautiful day and a beautiful location. 

Here's Team Suzy-Q.  We had so many generous contributors this year that we were able to exceed our goal and still have donations coming it!!!  We have raised over $5000!  It has been so much fun b/c Suzannah is able to appreciate money now and realizes how special it is when someone donates.

We had 3 first time walkers!  Charlotte wasn't one, but I couldn't pass up this photo op w/ my Dad.

This is sweet Addi-Cakes.  Oh she's a mess!  I love this girl and all her precious spunk!  Can't get over those red curls and that dimple....they do me in.  Good thing she's not mine, she wouldn't have a chance!!  ;)

My two best friends in the whole world.  These girls are sisters to me!!!  They are my iron and I don't know what I would do w/o them.  They got up at 5 am to drive out and walk w/ us.  That is love!

Ck was my shirt model. *sorry the pictures are all so blurry. i don't know what's wrong w/ my camera?*

Billy and Suzannah designed them and I think they did a wonderful job! :)  Last time orange, this year purple, next year: tie dye!!

The love of my life and my favorite walking partner ♥

Q was having trouble w/ her sugar on the walk.  She was so excited.  She was high the whole time so we had to stop and give her a shot.  That helped. :(

So proud of this sweet girl.  She has a lot to deal w/ and she does it beautifully!!!

I never heard how many people came out, but it was a lot!

This was a posed shot.  We have a picture of them holding hands the very first walk we did.  Back then they were holding hands b/c they wanted to....not b/c their mom's forced them to.  ;)

Jack didn't make it.  He ended up in the stroller and fell asleep!!!!

We all finished!!  Yay! Such a worthy cause. 
I know that there are many, many other WORSE things out there that kids deal w/, but diabetes is tough too.  For a child it's just wrong to have to poke their finger and make it bleed 10-14 times a day.  And it's equally wrong for them to be so used to it that they do it to themselves...even in the middle of the night w/ no help.  It's wrong for a child to have their parents give them shots up to 8 times a day.  It's even more wrong for a child to learn to give a shot to them self.  It's wrong for a child to have to stop playing a game or come inside to check their sugar b/c if they don't they could pass out.  It's wrong for a child to have to learn that if they don't take care of their diabetes they could lose a LIMB when they grow up.  It's wrong that I can't tell her that she can be anything she wants to be....b/c she can't.  It's wrong that she can't go even one night w/o being woken up to prick her finger.  It's wrong that she can't sleep in w/o one of her parents coming and waking her up to make sure she is still alive.  It's wrong that she is dependent on a man made insulin to keep her alive.  It's wrong that she has to be aware of how she feels all the time and remember to take her kit w/ her every where she goes and count every carb. she puts into her mouth for the rest. of. her. life. Diabetes effects every single part of our life.  I don't mean to complain b/c truly there are so many blessings and it could be so much worse.  But diabetes stinks.  And it is heartbreaking as a parent to watch your child have to deal w/ it all the time.  That is why it means SO much to us that so many people contributed to finding a cure!  That's why it means so much to Suzannah.  She wants a cure so, so badly.  And w/ her childlike faith, she BELIEVES they will find a cure...in her lifetime!  So, thank you.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for caring enough to take money away from something for your own family to help these children.  Thank you....


YaYa and Pops said...

Suzy-Q rocks! What a great day and a great cause. We're going to beat this terrible disease!

Laura said...

So fun and so worth getting up early for! I will have to say that we look forward to it every year but we are also looking forward to when we don't have to anymore too :-)


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