Keeping Lyons Fit! with Mary Chase
So an idea occurred to a friend and I this summer on a run about town. What if we held an event, such as a 5K in Lyons? We could follow it by cocktails. Mimosas seemed natural as 5K’s are usually a morning event. This event would not only celebrate the end of summer, the kiddos headed back to school, but also a charitable cause. Thus the Mimosa Day 5K was born. I am proud to report that the event attracted well over sixty women last Saturday, and a fabulous post-party at the Lyons Fork. For an event, which I had
decided I would be happy with twenty people (and making my own t-shirts) to over triple that turnout I am thrilled. Mostly I am thrilled that such a fun event raised money for such a wonderful cause near and dear to my heart, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Type One Diabetes, also known as Juvenile Onset Diabetes is an epidemic in our current world. Personally half of our four-person family lives with Type One Diabetes. I have lost a brother to this disease, and we are not alone in our quest for a cure. There are believed to be almost three million people in the United States living with Type One Diabetes. Of those three million Americans, fifteen percent are children and eighty five percent are adults, such as myself.
Juvenile Onset, or Type One diabetes, is when the pancreas stops creating insulin. Insulin is used in your body to convert food into energy. Type One diabetics can take insulin to simulate what non-diabetics bodies do naturally, but it is far from a cure. Insulin levels can be altered due to stress, excitement, exercise, emotions, and many other factors. In order to maintain good control in a Type One diabetic, he or she must not only test their blood sugar multiple times a day, but also take insulin, monitor what they eat, and even in doing all of those things, there are inevitable times where the body and the insulin do not mesh because you are reliant on an outside synthetic equivalent to what most people’s bodies create naturally, so they are far from identical.
I chose to support the JDRF with my Mimosa Day 5K because of their commitment to research dollars. Of the over one billion dollars they raised internationally last year over eighty percent of it went directly to research. I believe the key to finding a cure is continued research. The pancreas is a part of the autoimmune backbone of your body that is individual to each person as it influences your metabolism and other very individual factors, making pancreas transplants especially tricky.
So please remember and appreciate the level of commitment it takes a diabetic to live a healthy and long life. Even when they do commit to trying to control the disease, as in my brother’s case, there are other factors every day that are beyond their control in conquering this autoimmune disease. And with that, I hope you will all support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation next year at our Second Annual Mimosa Day 5K. It’s sure to be a great time, and a wonderful cause that affects so many daily.