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A Letter From Dancing for Diabetes’ Junior Board

Thank you for supporting Dancing for Diabetes, for supporting us, and for supporting our dream of a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.

A cure for Diabetes would mean a lot of things: like no longer waking up in the middle of the night due to low blood sugars, not having to worry about being judged by people who don’t understand it, no longer being defined by it, and most importantly it would mean freedom. Freedom from constantly evaluating every decision when it comes to what we eat and even how we move, freedom from explaining that we and our parents did nothing to cause this disease, freedom from the fear and worry that some days bring, and freedom to just be a kid and experience everyday things without the cloud of diabetes.  “For some of us, life with Type 1 Diabetes is all we’ve ever known.” Some of us were diagnosed in the last year, others when we were toddlers, and for some of us, life with type 1 diabetes is all we’ve ever known.

 

One of the things we know to be true is that kids with diabetes have to grow up really fast. For example, while other kids don’t give any thought to the cake or foods they get to eat at parties (or really ANY time they eat anything), or any activity they do that may affect their blood sugar, we constantly have to stop and take all of it into account… Every. Single. Time. While it may help us to excel at math and science, we’d much prefer the chance to just go on with being a kid. And we really don’t want any children yet to be diagnosed to have to grow up too fast like we did.

 

Though there’s no cure yet, one thing that helps us a lot in the meantime are the technological advancements that have been made since we were first diagnosed. The money that you help us donate towards research not only helps with finding a cure, but with making our lives with Type 1 Diabetes easier to manage. These technologies work to give us more time to be a normal kid; time that doesn’t revolve around numbers, injections, and explanations… oh, the explanations.

 

The thing we love most about Dancing for Diabetes is that it gives us a place where we don’t have to explain anything. We aren’t different than anyone else because we are all going through the same thing. It’s the closest thing we have to a “cure” because, here, everyone is the same.

So, all this is to say, thank you for supporting Dancing for Diabetes. Thank you for supporting the research that will give us the technology to live life easier despite type 1 diabetes. Most especially, thank you for believing in our dream of a world free of diabetes.

Sincerely,

Dancing for Diabetes Jr Board

 

 

Claire Camchong

 

 

Ashley Katz

 

 

Zoe Reeser

 

 

Isabella Shah

 

 

Anthony Shea

 

 

 Sophia Sica

 

 

Sadie Windish