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Saturday, August 2, 2008

The Power of Three (and me!)

Madison, Samantha & Suzanne

Dear Friends,

As many of you know, my 12-year-old niece, Madison, has been diabetic since she was 18 months old. Her father, who was also a diabetic died four years ago of cancer. She has had her share of challenges. This year's Walk to Cure Diabetes in Denver, Colorado will be held on Sunday, September 14, 2008. I am joining my sister and her two daughters as they "Walk to Cure Diabetes" and I'm asking for your support to help us reach Juvenile Diabetes Foundation's goal of raising $100 million to help fund research for a cure for Type 1 diabetes and its complications.

Every day Madison must prick her finger several times a day to check her blood levels – before every meal or snack and endures painful injections every single day in order to maintain the proper levels of insulin that her body does not produce on its own. While insulin does keep people with Type 1 diabetes alive, it is NOT a cure. Aside from the daily challenges of living with Type 1 diabetes, there are many severe, often fatal, complications caused by the disease, amputations and blindness for instance.

There is some good news, though. For the first time, scientists are predicting that we CAN expect to see a cure well within our lifetime! Now, more than ever, you can make a crucial difference. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible? Together, we can make the cure a reality!

I am asking you to make a donation. You can donate online at www.jdrf.org. Under the Walk to Cure Diabetes section in the middle of the page, click on Donate, then follow the instructions. Our team name is The Power of Three. My sister’s name is Suzanne Harrod.

Thanks so much!

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