I am happy to announce our team name was inspired by my friend Amy!! Thank you! We are the Pirates of the Cure-ibbean! Blimey!
The event Step Out: A Walk to Fight Diabetes is scheduled for November 6, 2010 and we have a few weeks to raise some funds for the cause. Oh and I have to round up some pirates to join in on the walk.. A-hem...
I am super excited about this adventure! Shiver me Timbers, We are a GO!
Check out http://main.diabetes.org/goto/pirateforcure to donate towards the Fight! Even if you cannot participate in the event, you can still help by sending emails asking neighbors, family or friends to donate or even become a virtual walker! Anything helps!! :) Thank you for your support!
Some info from diabetes.org :
About the American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association is the only non-profit organization supporting all 23.6 million Americans living with diabetes—including type 1 and type 2 diabetes; children and adults. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles.
Type 1 Diabetes
Results from the body's failure to produce insulin, the hormone that "unlocks" the cells of the body, allowing glucose to enter and fuel them. It is estimated that 5-10% of Americans who are diagnosed with diabetes have type 1 diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes
Results from insulin resistance (a condition in which the body fails to properly use insulin), combined with relative insulin deficiency. In adults, type 2 diabetes accounts for about 90% to 95% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes.
Symptoms of Diabetes
Diabetes often goes undiagnosed because many of its symptoms seem so harmless. Recent studies indicate that the early detection of diabetes symptoms and treatment can decrease the chance of developing the complications of diabetes.
Some diabetes symptoms include: frequent urination, excessive thirst, extreme hunger, unusual weight loss, increased fatigue, irritability and blurry vision. If you have one or more of these diabetes symptoms, see your doctor right away.
Fair Winds me hearties!! (Goodbye my crew)