Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I want you to want (to help) me

Below is our annual email that we send to friends and family about our upcoming Walk to Cure Diabetes. I thought I'd post it on my blog as well.

Elise is our almost 4-year-old girl who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 12 months.

Type 1 diabetes is tough, especially when you're so little - everyday, Elise gets at least 3 insulin shots, gets her fingers poked a minimum of 5 times and wears a continuous glucose monitor so that we can know her blood sugar at all times.

Type 1 diabetes is a 24/7/365 disease - not only do we check her blood sugar during the day, we also get up at least once a night at around 3 AM to check her blood sugar and give her carbs or insulin, if needed (there are nights where we get up as many as 6 times).

Type 1 diabetes cannot be cured and that's why we walk every year to raise money to go to fund research that can lead to breakthrough cures/treatments for type 1 diabetes and its complications.

This year, inspired by our good friend Tiago (who, by himself, organized again this year an entire walk in Lisbon, Portugal and was able to get 200 people to walk with him), we've raised my goals for the third year in a row: 200 people walking with us and $20,000 in donations.

We realize this is not an easy task but we're up for the challenge and we hope we can count on you.

Here are 4 ways you can help:

1. Join us on Saturday, September 24 at 9 AM at Granite Park in Plano, TX for the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Walk to Cure Diabetes and invite a friend (you don't have to raise any money or make a donation in order to walk with us)

2. Go to www.teamelise.com and make a tax-deductible donation (directly through the JDRF website or Paypal)

3. If you own a business, sign up to be a corporate sponsor for Team Elise or organize a fundraising event to benefit Team Elise (email info@teamelise.com to get more information)

4. Forward this email to all of your friends to help us spread the word.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Whew, yes I realize that is a lot to read, so here's the reader's digest version:
-Our walk takes place September 24th at 9 am in Plano.
-We want YOU to walk with us.
-If you can't walk, please consider donating.
-We have corporate sponsorship available.
-Our goal is 200 walkers and $20,000.

Not outlined in the letter, but you need to know:
-Being a part of Team Elise ROCKS!
-We have pretty cool shirts
-Our Portugal walk raised just under $2700!
-We're doing it all for this sweet face:


  1. It would be nice to live closer and join you for the walk!
    Well, except it's hot there right now...

  2. Will totally be stealing some of that for our walk letter in a couple of months!
    Oh, and that face is just priceless!! Man she's a stunning young lady!

  3. awesome letter! awesome picture! awesome joanne!

  4. I didn't think Elise could get any more beautiful, but she has!

    Good luck on your walk!


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