Stepping down into the throng of people lining up to Walk is always a bit emotional for me. To see a sea of fellow humans who are, in some fashion, walking this path of Type 1 Diabetes, is at once startling and comforting. Startling in the fact that this wretched disease touches so many lives, children as well as adults. Comforting to know that we are not alone in the daily fight to manage blood sugars.
Though it drizzled rain for much of the morning, I felt a torrent of love and support for our daughter Maddie. She feels it too I’m sure. Friends and family from far and near came to walk with her. To say with their presence–We are here Maddie, to walk with you in the fight to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes and to support you and your family’s efforts to manage the disease.
Our clever girl designed new t-shirts this year with a Harry Potter theme. In this sketch, she and her cousins and friends showed that they are indeed UP for a cure! Thanks Aunt Tracy for a great photo to draw from! Thank you RedHeaded T-shirts for printing Maddie’s design. And thank you , each and every one of you who donated money to Madeleine’s Army (formerly known as Maddie’s Mission). One day we will see a cure for this disease. We hope! But in the meantime, it is wonderful to know that Maddie has an army of people who love and support her in the daily challenge of living with Type 1 Diabetes.
With all my heart…Thank you.
P.S. Because of your amazing donations, our daughter was able to walk the red carpet as a V1P!! This was a special treat for those teams who had raised over $1,000.
Also, her t-shirt design was awarded a gold medal for Most Artistic Design. Congrats Maddie!