Wednesday, January 14, 2009

JDRF time again!

Again this year, Rob and I will be taking part in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Walk to Cure Diabetes in the downtown Des Moines skywalk system on March 7th.

Most of you know that Rob and I got involved in supporting JDRF because my dad, Steve Shonka, has had type 1 diabetes since he was a little kid. He now uses an insulin pump, and we are thankful he hasn't had any recent complications.

This year Rob and I will be walking as part of a team: Tay's Team. Taylor is 14 years old and in my advisory at Dallas Center-Grimes Middle School. She's an awesome, responsible, sweet young lady who has had to grow up too quickly to face the challenges and realities of living with type 1 diabetes. We couldn't be happier to be joining forces with Taylor and her family. Chances are good that you also know someone affected by this disease.

A cure for type 1 diabetes is within reach! JDRF funding and leadership is associated with most major scientific breakthroughs in type 1 diabetes research to date. And here is one of the most important parts of JDRF...

85% of funds go directly to research--and part of that research is done right here in Iowa at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Rob and I--and certainly everyone affected by type 1 diabetes--would appreciate any level of support you are able to offer to JDRF. We are supporting this cause for my dad, for Taylor, and for our future children.

Let's make the dream of a cure a reality!

Please visit our Walk Web pages if you would like to donate online or see how close we are to reaching our goals--the only reason we have individual pages is because that's how we have to sign up for the walk :))

Sally's page:

http://walk.jdrf.org/walker.cfm?id=87293416

Rob's page:

http://walk.jdrf.org/walker.cfm?id=87293422

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