August 21, 2010
This beautiful little girl is Stella! She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in October of last year at the age of 6. We were honored to join Stella, her family and friends in the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Walk to Cure Diabetes. It was a fun little walk around Wheeler Farm and for an awesome cause. Stella...you truly are a shining star!
"Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved."
"Type 1 diabetes usually strikes children, adolescents, and young adults, but it can be diagnosed in adults as well. It comes on suddenly, causes dependence on injected or pumped insulin for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications."
Check this out for more info on Type 1 diabetes: www.jdrf.org
We love you, Stella!!!