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Dear Family and Friends,
This October I will be running in the Marine Corps Marathon, my 33rd marathon. For the first time I have taken on the added challenge of raising money for vital diabetes research. Please support me in my efforts to run 26.2 miles for a cause that means so much to me. As part of this team, I will be working towards raising money for diabetes research through the Diabetes Action Research and Education Foundation (www.diabetesaction.org).
Diabetes is one of the most common and serious chronic diseases in the United States. The incidence of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes is rapidly increasing. 26 million Americans have diabetes, and 1 million more are diagnosed every year. This includes 15,000 children who are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes each year.
I'm running in memory of my late friend David A. Fujiu and in honor of my daughter Julia.
David was a special person and a dear friend. He became a type 1 diabetic as a teenager who ran cross country in high school and at North Central College. I met Dave in 1970 at North Central College. He was the type of person you wanted to have as a friend. Everybody liked Dave. He never had a bad word to say about anyone. We had excellent adventures roaming through the campus that would continue until our last trip together visiting the college campus in February of 2012.
Dave's spirit inspired me. He was very generous to his alma mater and various charities. In spite of his health challenges he refused to retire early because he knew it would affect his pension that his wife Sue would be collecting after he was gone. Dave was always ready to volunteer at races like the Chicago or Boston Marathons. He never complained about getting up hours before the race and then standing for hours helping runners.
His work ethic to recover from the complications of diabetes was amazing. For the last several years I thought our trips would be over, but he always worked his way back. Most people would have given up and taken the easy way out, but Dave kept fighting until the end on June 21, 2012. His last words were, " I'm so lucky". Everybody who met David Fujiu was blessed to have met such an incredible person.
I'm also running in honor of my daughter Julia. She developed type 1 diabetes at age 15. Thanks to advancements in diabetes health care Julia has many advantages that people thirty years ago did not have. She checks her blood sugar multiple times a day while wearing an insulin pump. Her endocrinologist says she is a stellar example of today's diabetes management. Julia is embracing this chronic disease instead of fearing or ignoring it. She plans on continuing her nursing education and someday hopes to be a Certified Diabetes Educator. I couldn't be more proud of her attitude toward this debilitating disease.
This condition has not slowed her down. Julia has completed a triathlon, three marathons, mud races like the Warrior Dash and Tough Mudder, and other running events. She is an inspiration to all while she lives an active life while wearing an insulin pump. With your support today, a cure might be found to allow Julia and other diabetics to be free of their medications.
You can help!
All of the money I raise for the Diabetes Action Research and Education Foundation will fund research to prevent, treat, and cure diabetes. Every dollar counts so please donate what you can. Together, we can make a difference.
Thanks so much for your support and encouragement!
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