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Thursday, September 18, 2008

PSA - Please Read

Some of you may know that diabetes runs in my family. I always figured that if I ended up with any kind of serious diagnosis, that’s what it would be. My grandfather had it, my brother now has it, and I believe that a few members of my more extended family also had the diagnosis. I also know quite a few friends and co-workers that have been affected personally by this disease.

Did you know that 23.6 million children and adults in the U.S. suffer from diabetes? Currently, about 1 in 10 American adults has the disease. Nearly ¼ of adults and children in the U.S. living with diabetes are unaware that they have it.

Diabetes also can lead to other health issues, including cardiovascular problems (which affected my own grandfather later in his life after living with diabetes), kidney failure, blindness, and more.

So, in honor and support of my affected friends and family, I have decided to participate in the Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes campaign. I have joined Kristin's team and have committed to walking 10k in San Jose this October.

This is a fundraiser, so you know I’m going to have to ask for your financial support. J Please consider giving to the cause. Proceeds will be used to fund diabetes research, education and advocacy. I have set my personal fundraising goal at $500, but am hoping to exceed it. Every little bit helps, so please think about it.

Please click here to check out my Step Out web page. From here you can choose to sponsor me or join my team and walk with us!

(Or, you can go to the Step Out homepage and find a walk near you. There are also volunteer opportunities for those unable to participate in the walk itself, but still want to help out.)

If you’re still reading, thank you for getting this far!! And thank you in advance for supporting me in this important cause!


Dagny said...

Hmmm. I might have to do the walk as well. One of my cousin's on my mom's side of the family died from complications due to his diabetes. My dad's mother was also diabetic. Currently my dad, his older sister, and one of her sons are diabetic. And given my family history, I cannot believe the amount of fighting I have to do to get the doctors to OK a fasting glucose test for me. (I am currently borderline hypoglycemic which I have told can be a precursor for Type 2.) So if I don't do the walk myself, I will definitely find a way to contribute.

Tami said...

Thanks for the support Dagny! You'll have to let me know if you come out to walk. :)

Kerri said...

I donated. Have a good walk!

Tami said...

Yay! Thanks Kerri!!

D.T. said...

Awww, Tami, that's so sweet! When I get my paycheck this week, I will definately make a contribution to your fundraiser.

Tami said...

Thanks D.T.!!