Once your child is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, there's always one thing at the top of your holiday wish list: a cure! Here's how you can make a difference this holiday season… and all year long.
Volunteer. Donate your time to a local hospital or your favorite diabetes research foundation, or mentor another family who is affected by type 1 diabetes -- find programs at your local chapter of the JDRF.
Walk to Cure Diabetes. JDRF sponsors Walk to Cure Diabetes events around the country. The walk is fun for families, and it's a great way to raise money to help find better treatments. Register for a walk here.
Tour de Cure. These cycling fundraiser events are held in 44 states to benefit the American Diabetes Association. It's a ride (not a race), and everyone from beginners to advanced cyclists can participate. According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 55,000 cyclists in 80 events raised more than $18 million in 2011. All funds raised support the American Diabetes Association's mission of preventing and curing diabetes and improving the lives of all people affected by diabetes. To learn more about the tour, click here.
Donate. Make a donation to the JDRF, the American Diabetes Association, or another favorite organization that helps fund diabetes research. You could even make a donation in friends' and families' names instead of giving traditional holiday gifts. For a last-minute tax deduction, make your donation before December 31.
Together, we can make a difference!
Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the "typical" experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring.