your contributions to our cause allow us to accomplish our mission of educating, inspiring and supporting the youth with t1d.
We all want a world without diabetes, and the Jordan Morris Foundation is proud to work with JDRF to raise money in an attempt for a cure. But our foundation's main focus is to affect the lives of children with T1D today! The majority of our fundraising efforts will go towards community outreach and attempting to reach as many young diabetics as possible in order to help them cope with having T1D. Thank you for all your support of our efforts.
WHAT IS DIABETES?
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, called beta cells. Type 1 diabetes strikes both children and adults at any age. It comes on suddenly, causes dependence on injected or pumped insulin for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications. Individuals with T1D can with varying degrees get complications of heart disease, blindness, kidney disease and nerve disease among others. Life expectancy for children with T1D is 13 years less those without it.
Two hundred thousand children and youth are living with T1D in the United States. Every day 50 more young people are diagnosed with the disease. Without a cure by the year 2050 it is expected that 600,000 children will be living with diabetes.
Living with T1D is a constant challenge. Children with the disease must carefully balance insulin doses (either by injections multiple times a day or continuous infusion through a pump) with eating and other activities throughout the day and night. They must also measure their blood-glucose level by pricking their fingers for blood six or more times a day. Despite this constant attention, they still run the risk of dangerous high or low blood-glucose levels, both of which can be life threatening. People with T1D overcome these challenges on a daily basis.
MISSION CHECKLIST: EDUCATE, inspire, support