TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes
For the past 4 years, I have been volunteering my photography services to a charity I feel passionate about, The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). With the help of the JDRF and its fundraising efforts I hope to see a cure for Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) in my lifetime, hopefully soon.
“The TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes is an annual celebration of the hope of, one day, living in a world free from insulin injections, finger pokes, and the constant threat of developing complications. It raises awareness of T1D, as well as crucial funds for research into cures, treatments, drug therapies and prevention of the disease.” (JDRF, 2014)
My sister was diagnosed with T1D at age 8. She is now 29 and every moment I spend working with the JDRF is dedicated to improving her life. My hope is for her to be free from this brutal disease, so she can see what it’s like to live a day without constantly checking her blood sugar levels and wearing her insulin pump. Not to mention the slough of other health risks involved with having T1D.
“Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, called beta cells. While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D, and—at present—nothing you can do to get rid of it.”
“Type 1 diabetes strikes both children and adults at any age. It comes on suddenly, causes dependence on injected or pumped insulin for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications.” (JDRF, 2014)
Here are a few images from this years TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes this past Sunday in Stanley Park. LET’S TURN TYPE 1 INTO TYPE NONE! [blogshow id=395b player=0 autoplay=0 toolbar=1]