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Why we need to find a cure to stop the Type 1 Diabetes epidemic

22 April, 2013

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“By 2020, new cases of Type 1 diabetes in children younger than five are expected to double if current trends continue, according to a study published in The Lancet. Diabetes is an epidemic, with numbers of those suffering from diabetes and its complications increasing worldwide.” from a Press Release published by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in May of 2012.

What does an epidemic of this proportion mean?

It means that you or someone close to you might be diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (T1D) in the next few years, and that is out of the blue, without any prior connection to the disease in your family.

That is what hit us in January 2012, when our dear son Max was diagnosed at the age of two and a half. Without any previous recorded history of T1D on both sides of our families, the news hit us with bewilderment.

Most specialists estimate that the disease is progressing by 3% to 5% a year in children all around the world. It’s a global epidemic and unless a cure is found in the next few years, it is likely that you will confronted to the realities of Type 1 diabetes (T1D), whether through your friends, co-workers, your relatives or (let’s hope not) in your own family.

Does this sound alarming? Yes absolutely! We need a cure to curve the epidemic.

I don’t want anymore families, parents or childrens to have to experience the ordeal of having this incurable disease.

While Diabetes is by far the least life threatening incurable disease, its widespread momentum, and it’s increasing burden on the healthcare systems all around the world, need to stop as soon as possible.

That is why our family campaigns, so that we won’t have to ever campaign again to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for this epidemic affecting 366 million people worldwide, of which 3 million Canadians, of which 300,000 have Type 1 diabetes (T1D).

That is why we ask you for your help to support the effort of one of the best run and most active non profits in the world to fund the research on finding a cure for juvenile diabetes.

You can donate here on my JDRF fundraising page.

And with all my heart, I thank you in advance, for at least reading these lines, if not donating to this worthwhile cause.

Thank you.

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