Alex was 4 years old when he came into the room where I was playing a board game at my in-law’s house. He whispered in my ear excitedly “Mom! I saw on Scooby Doo that you can call a number to cure my Diabetes. All you have to do is call a number!” He had seen a commercial about Diabetes and mistook it as a simple solution for the Type 1 Diabetes he was diagnosed with at just 3 years old. I’m sure at the time he could still remember life before shots. I let him walk me to the living room to see for myself… mostly because I couldn’t bring myself to tell him “There is no cure for Diabetes.” Instead I nodded and said “I will look into it.”
Today Alex is going on 11 years old. He says he doesn’t remember life before Diabetes, but he remembers the hospital stay where this picture was taken.
The optimism I see in this picture is still there when Alex talks about finding a cure for Diabetes. Last November he raised the most money from his school for JDRF. He was so proud of himself that in a class journaling assignment he said his goal for the rest of the school year was to earn money for more causes. It was a vague goal, but I believe the purpose behind it was the same… It’s nice to feel like you are doing something to help.
That brings us to today. With every part of my soul I wish there was a magical phone number I could call that would cure this disease, or somehow ease the suffering it causes. There are people who are dedicated to the possibility of a cure for Alex and others who suffer from Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. One organization I have always been impressed by is The American Diabetes Association. This year our family and Travis and Jean’s family are joining Alex in Michigan’s division of Tour de Cure, on June 9th in Brighton.
Consider yourself invited to help in any or all of the following ways:
Click HERE and donate any amount you choose.
Click HERE to join us in riding along with Alex on June 9th in Brighton.
OR … Jean Smith Photography and Laurel Photography are teaming up to offer Mini Sessions with 100% of proceeds going to this great cause. Take a look at Jean’s cute flier, and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your session. This is strictly first come, first served, and there are 5 spots available.