Dear Family and Friends –
This is the time of year for the JDRF One Walk, the time when we ask folks to donate money to help find a cure for Type 1 diabetes (T1D). We've been doing the same thing for almost ten years, and it’s getting old. So this year, we want to do things a bit differently:
- I'm not obsessing about the walk letter. I'm typing this, checking for glaring errors, and then sending it out. I usually agonize over every word; it’s a very emotional process.
- I'm sending this letter to everyone in my email address book. I may have emailed you once six years ago, and you're getting this letter from someone you don't even remember. But, I decided not to judge who might or might not want to give to JDRF.
As we are approaching our JDRF support request differently this year, we are planning to respond differently:
- Anyone who makes a donation will get a signed photograph of Grace. Yes, that's a big deal. Grace strongly dislikes having her picture taken, and she'll have to think about how great folks think she is every time she signs a thank-you photo.
- And...we are going to have a party! A month or so after the walk, we are going to invite everyone who donates $50 or more, and anyone who walks with Super G's team, to come to our house and celebrate the journey to find a cure. We haven't had a post-walk party before, but your support of JDRF and our family is definitely worth celebrating!
Your donation is very important to me personally. There is a lot of who I am tied to JDRF as an organization, due to all of Grace’s years living with T1D. Truly, even giving $5 in honor of Grace means so much. Your donation is what will help find a cure. And I really want a cure for Grace. Now.
Thank you for your support of JDRF and our family, whether it’s by making a $50 donation (or a $5 one!), joining Super G’s team to walk on September 26th, or sending thoughts and prayers our way. To make a donation or to join us at One Walk, go to Grace’s JDRF Walk page at http://www2.jdrf.org/goto/superG. Please send any checks to JDRF Middle Tennessee at 105 Westpark Drive, Brentwood, TN, 37027.
With sincerest appreciation –
The Kueker Family – Monique (the one at the keyboard), Mike, Claire - and, of course, Grace!
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Dear friends and family,
It's the same story, same girl...but 11 years later.
It's the same disease with great advances in technology...but still no cure.
It's the same Walk supporting the same cause...but now it's 2014.
The next chapter in Grace's story could be different.
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) could have a cure, instead of improved care.
The JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes doesn't have to continue year after year.
The cure for T1D could be developing right now. There may already be a scientist out there with the idea which will become the solution. JDRF could help fund that research. And we could help.
Please support Grace, JDRF...and that scientist out there somewhere. Together, we can turn Type One into Type None.
Thank you for your love and support.
Best - The Kueker Family
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Friday, August 29, 2014
Monday, September 9, 2013
Dear friends and family –
I started this year’s JDRF Walk letter writing of all the happy things about Grace, ending with a little note of how diabetes affects her life. I used the same type of upbeat tone last year. Then, I considered the reality of living with diabetes…there isn’t much that is “upbeat.”
Grace’s life with diabetes is NOT different this year. Her body still doesn’t produce insulin, which means wearing a pump, checking her blood sugar at least five times a day and making sure to count carbs for everything she eats. We still check Grace’s blood sugar in the middle of the night, sometimes waking her up to eat something for a low reading. Grace still has to go home from having fun sometimes, due to issues with diabetes care. We still get scared when Grace gets sick, because a simple illness like the flu could mean a hospital visit. Not so upbeat.
The major difference for Grace this year is starting a new school. She has to explain all over again about that “thing” on her arm or leg, which is the pod with her insulin. Then there are the questions about finger pricks during the school day and the trips to the nurse’s office. Being different in middle school for any reason…not upbeat at all.
While Grace’s life with T1D may not have changed much in the past year, JDRF has helped make great strides in making life better for her and all those with Type 1 diabetes (now referred to as T1D). And, until there is a cure, research discovers ways to improve the lives of people with T1D. JDRF is the leading global organization funding that research (over 100 million dollars last year), and 85% of the funds raised goes directly to research. Included in this letter is a research snapshot from this past year about what JDRF has helped make happen.
Please consider making a donation to JDRF during the Walk to Cure Diabetes, an event that offers an “upbeat” day for people with T1D. And, if you live locally, consider joining us during a fun day to walk on September 28th at Bicentennial Mall in downtown Nashville.
You can donate or register to participate with Grace’s Team online at http://www2.jdrf.org/site/TR/Walk-TN/Chapter-MiddleTennessee4622?team_id=129906&pg=team&fr_id=2358. Or, you can mail a check to the JDRF of Middle Tennessee office at 105 Westpark Drive, Suite 415, Brentwood, Tennessee 37027, with Grace Kueker written in the memo line.
As always, thanks so much for your support.
Monique, Mike, Grace and Claire Kueker