JDRF Walk To Cure Diabetes

I'll be doing the annual Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Walk to Cure Diabetes on September 27th. JDRF is a non-profit that funds research towards a cure and better treatments for Type-I diabetes. Over 80% of JDRF's budget goes directly to diabetes research and education.

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Donations are tax-deductible and can be made by credit card, PayPal, or e-check.

Dear Family and Friends,

As you likely know, I’ve had Type-1 diabetes since I was three years old. I participated in the Walk to Cure Diabetes every fall for 13 years. This fundraiser supports The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), a non-profit organization dedicated to find a cure for diabetes and improving diabetes care in the meantime. I am returning to the walk this year on September 27th, and I would be grateful for your support.

I graduated in June with an honors degree in chemical engineering, and am now applying for full-time jobs. For many – myself included – college is a difficult time for managing diabetes. I’ve maintained good control, but it requires constant monitoring: Doing blood tests before exams, waking up early every day to take a shot, analyzing each plate of questionable dorm food, and quickly eating snacks before important interviews. During my industry internships the past two years, and as I move from school into the workforce, I’ve been presented with new challenges. I’ve overcome blood sugar swings right before important presentations, paid out-of-pocket for a constant glucose monitor so I could work in a cleanroom, and explained to several concerned HR personnel that no, I’m not shooting up (illegal) drugs and yes, I’ll be OK.

This isn’t just about me though. It’s about the millions of people who live with Type-I diabetes, and the countless people whose lives are drastically changed when someone in their family is diagnosed. Even if a cure comes too late to benefit me, I know it will help future generations. JDRF has a comprehensive roadmap to improve diabetes care in the short-term with technologies like integrated insulin pump/constant glucose monitor “artificial pancreas” systems, and in the long-term with eventual cures that suppress or sidestep the immune response that kills insulin-producing cells.

Over 80% of JDRF’s revenue is spent directly on research and diabetes advocacy. Whether it’s $5 or $500, your tax-deductible donation will make a difference in people’s lives today and in the future. The easiest way to contribute is through the JDRF website. I can also accept checks made out to The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. All donations are fixed-rate; there’s no per-distance sponsorship. JDRF would prefer to receive all donations before September 27th, but I can always submit additional donations after the walk.

Thank you so much for helping this cause. The generosity and kindness of everyone who has supported this fundraiser and supported me personally through nearly 20 years of diabetes is deeply appreciated.

Nathan Hinkle