My daughter, Allie, was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes Mellitus at the age of four. This type of diabetes means she is dependent on insulin for the rest of her life, and the possibility of debilitating and life-threatening complications increase the longer one has the disease.
My Allie is now 24 years old, and she is a trooper. She began giving her own insulin shots at the age of 5; for the last 15 years, she has used an insulin pump attached to her tummy. We support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation because someone I love needs a cure.
– Melanie S., Department of Community and Human Services