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Dear Family and Friends,
This October I will be running in the Marine Corps Marathon. I have also 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.
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 was diagnosed with Type 1 on January 28th of this year. I was at training in Florida and had lost a significant amount of weight over the holidays, when one typically gains. I was constantly hungry, thirsty, and of course frequently urinating. But the one that really got me was having blurry vision. Words on signs and pages were jumping out at me. I knew something wasn't right so I decided I had better get checked out, with some serious bullying form my wife. I don't like going to the doc. Nonetheless, after blood and urine samples on a 12 hr fast, I was called back to the clinic and told that I was now and forever diabetic. I am stealing this quote because it was how I felt at the time and still feel to this day: "Adversity introduces a man (or woman) to himself". My main goal with this run and all future efforts are for folks to get checked out when they aren't feeling right and to always take care of your bodies.
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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