Millions of people live with type one diabetes (T1D), a life-threatening autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults. IBS joined the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s One Walk last month and raised nearly $4,500 to find a cure.
The IBS team, called the Tech Trekkers, walked in support of 16-year-old Joe Chapman, son of IBS President Chip Chapman. Joe was diagnosed with T1D at the age of 4.
Every day since then, before every meal and every night, Joe has followed a rigorous, 24-7 care regimen of carefully monitoring his blood sugar and giving himself insulin. Over 12 years, that's added up to over 22,000 injections.
T1D strikes suddenly. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. If you have T1D, your pancreas stops producing insulin—a hormone essential to turning food into energy. This means you must constantly monitor your blood-sugar level, inject or infuse insulin from a pump and carefully monitor your eating and activity every single day.
There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D. And—currently—there is no cure.
JDRF One Walk has a single goal: creating a world without T1D. IBS raises money for JDRF to support its life-changing research for the millions affected by this devastating disease.
SUPPORT THE IBS TECH TREKKERS!
Learn more about the JDRF One Walk and donate to the IBS team. Donations are tax-deductible and can be made through early November.