All About the JDRF Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes

All About the JDRF Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes


  (upbeat music)  (upbeat music & blowing wind)  (upbeat music)  (upbeat music & blowing wind)  (upbeat music)  (upbeat music & blowing wind)  Hi guys, I’m Sean Busby professional snowboarder,   diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when I was 19 years old.   At the time, I was on top of the world training for the Olympics   and traveling all around the globe to snowboard.   I’m Crystal Bowersox and I’ve had Type 1 diabetes   since I was 6 years old.   Hi, I’m Hana, I’m 8 years old.   I’m Harrison and I’m 11.   And I’m Rachel and I’m 11 too.   We’re pretty typical kids.   (sound effect of ball being thrown)  (sound effect of hula hooping)  (sound effect of scooter on sidewalk)  The one thing that’s not so typical about us   is that we have Type 1 diabetes or T1D.   It’s something that I have to think about all day long   and everyday of the year.   HARRISON: I bet you’re wondering what T1D is.   An organ in your body called the pancreas   produces an important hormone called insulin.   Insulin is what turns the foods you eat into energy,   but my body doesn’t make any insulin.   So when I eat, the sugar in my blood   doesn’t turn into energy the way it should.   My blood sugar level just keeps getting higher and higher.   This could be very dangerous.   That means I need to get insulin into my body another way.   RACHEL: We’d like to tell you how we found out we have T1D.   Right before I was diagnosed by my doctor,   I had been feeling awful.   I was thirsty all the time,   I was going to the bathroom much more than usual.   I was always tired and had no energy to do anything.   And I even started loosing weight very fast.   We all feel tired or thirsty sometimes   but this was very unusual for me.   My parents and I knew that something wasn’t right   so we went to the doctor.   It was just really confusing for me   because I was only 7 years old and I didn’t really understand   what was going on since I hadn’t even heard of T1D before.   HANA: I was two and a half years old.   Some people were crying.   People were worried about me because I had some disease   that they were still trying to figure out.   It was not an ordinary day   and it was just a day that changed my life forever.   The doctors don’t know what caused my T1D,   but they know it wasn’t my fault.   HARRISON: Doctors do know that you can’t   get T1D from eating too much sugar   and also that you can’t catch it from someone else.   Let me repeat that, it is not contagious.   Something else doctors know   is that my diabetes will never go away until we find a cure.   That’s what JDRF is working on.   HARRISON: But until there is a cure we have to get insulin   into our bloodstream every single day   and the right amount of insulin for the food we eat.   That means giving ourselves shots or using a device   called an insulin pump.   HANA: This is my pump and I need it to stay alive.   When I first found out I had diabetes   I had to get five or six shots each day.   Now, I use my trusty pump.   But the most important thing is knowing exactly   how much insulin I need.   I have to measure all of the food I eat very carefully.   I also need to test my blood sugar level about eight times a day   by poking my finger and using my blood glucose meter.   I have to keep it with me all of the time.   Sometimes the test will tell me that my blood sugar is just right,   but other times it will tell me that it’s high or low.   Controlling my blood sugar can be really tricky   and if it shoots up way too high or goes way too low   I can end up in the hospital.   HANA: When my blood sugar goes too high I get cranky,   sometimes I get sick and throw up.   I also feel tired and a lot less energetic.   When I feel low I sort of feel like I don’t have any energy.   I can’t focus that well. I get confused a lot.   I feel shaky and tired and I want to drink   a lot of water and I’m hungry.   You can’t really comprehend things that well   and sometimes I have trouble speaking when I’m low.   You feel hallow inside,   like it’s just this real weird empty feeling inside.   It’s just – really confused and dazed   and you don’t focus as much as you would normally do.   HARRISON: It would really surprise kids who don’t have T1D   how much you really need to work   to keep your blood sugars under control.   Living with T1D means I need to stick to a routine all day,   everyday, and it’s a lot of work.   It could be really hard sometimes,   but I don’t let diabetes stop me from doing anything I want to do.   You’ve learned a lot about T1D so far,   but there is another type of diabetes, Type 2.   It happens when the body still makes insulin   but can’t use it the right way.   There are many different reasons for why   someone might develop Type 2, and sometimes   it can be prevented with a healthy diet and exercise.   This is why it is so important   that everyone makes healthy choices starting now.   HANA: Remember choosing healthy foods   and getting an hour of exercise a day is good for everyone.   Thanks to JDRF, medical science had made great strides   to improve the quality of treatment for people like us   who are living with T1D and there are even   more breakthroughs coming in the years ahead.   HARRISON: JDRF is testing ways to make my insulin pump   a whole lot smarter.   Here’s my pump.   It delivers insulin with just the touch of a button – like this.   I also wear a CGM, which stand for continuous glucose monitor.   It reads my blood sugar level all day long so that I only need   to look at it to make sure I’m taking the right amount of insulin   for the food I’ve eaten.   JDRF is testing a device with volunteers who have T1D that   will allow a CGM to communicate directly with an insulin pump.   That way it could automatically read   a person’s blood sugar level   and release the right amount of insulin.   That’s how an actual pancreas works.   Your support helps researchers with projects like this.   I can’t wait for this one to really happen.   We count on a lot of people   to help us because we are living with T1D.   HARRISON: We need our parents, brothers and sisters,   cousins, aunts and uncles, neighbors, friends,   teammates, coaches, teachers, doctors, and nurses.   We also need you! Take it from this guy.   You can make a difference in the lives of millions of children   and adults living with Type 1 diabetes by participating in   The Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes Program.   JDRF is working on a lot of projects that could   make my life a whole lot easier.   With your help, you’re supporting a lot of cool research.   Fundraising online is a really good way to tell friends and family   about the walk, and get donations.   I registered online and raised a lot of money for research.   It’s fun and it’s easy! This is my fundraising page.   It’s where I told my family and friends what I learned today   about JDRF and how I’m making a difference.   I even added my picture and created a video.   Then I emailed my grandparents, aunts, and uncles,   and friends from everywhere in the country   to ask them to support me with a donation. (mouse click)  My mom helped too by sharing my story on Facebook.   That really helped.   You can also track your progress   with your fundraising thermometer.   Remember always ask a parent for help.   HARRISON: There are sneaker sales too!   Each of you will get some JDRF paper sneakers   to show your friends and family.   Tell them about what you learned today   and ask them to help JDRF.   Every little bit helps and nothing is too small to give.   WOMAN: $10 good? HARRISON: Perfect!   WOMAN: Ok, awesome. There’s $10.   HARRISON: You just need to write   your name right on the sneaker. WOMAN: Ok.   HARRISON: Write the name of each person   you’ve helped on a JDRF sneaker (bus horn)  and bring the sneakers back to school   with you each time you have filled one out.   Your school will hang them so everyone   knows you are working on this special project.   WOMAN: There you go. HARRISON: Thank you.   HARRISON: Keep the money safe in your envelope at home   and bring it back to school on Walk Day.   That’s when we’ll celebrate all of your hard work   and have some fun.   All the money you raise will help our doctors   keep working on research to help kids like me.   Remember, only ask friends and family for their help with this.   We’ve got some really neat prizes in store   to say thanks for helping us.   I’m grateful to JDRF for everything they’ve done   to make life easier for people living with Type 1 diabetes.   RACHEL: If there was a cure I don’t know what I would do.   Our whole kitchen cabinet is now like full of needles   and alcohol swabs and all that stuff.   So I would just take that whole cabinet   and dump it in the garbage,   (laughter) like I would just be so happy, like it would just be,  change my whole life forever.   Thanks for watching.   Please help JDRF create a world without T1D.   See you at the Kids Walk.   Thanks for helping.   We can do this.   (inspirational music)       

13 Replies to “All About the JDRF Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes”

  1. They came to our school on Thursday. I cant wait to do the turkey trot just to help Type 1 and Type 2 adults and kids with it .

  2. I have type 1 diabetes too. I was diagnosed at 11.and my aunt and uncle have type 1 diabetes and my grandma has type 2

  3. My sister has type one diabetes she was diagnosed at two now she twelve she still plays all the sports she wants to and eats what ever she wants she also has svt which is a heart condition that sometimes when her heart starts beating fast it can't slow down unless she goes upside down we really want to find a cure for t1d she does take medication for her svt but sometimes she will forget to take it and have an svt attack it is super important that we find a cure for type one diabetes ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ”ฌ

  4. hi i am doing the walk for those kids ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿปโ˜บ๏ธ ๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ˜Šโ˜บ๏ธ

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