Sunday, October 08, 2006

Got Insulin?

What might not have made sense to an outsider was perfectly clear to the 1,000+ people walking and running for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  A group of boys were playing with balloon swords, each trying to poke the other boy's t-shirt which read: Got Insulin?  

JD and I were invited to participate in this event to raise awareness--and funds--for the foundation by one of his co-workers.  Greg's niece and nephew are both diagnosed with juvenile diabetes and their story pulls at your heart strings.  Everything from daily injections, hospitalization, and lifestyle restrictions are just some of things these kids have to face.  As we ran, I couldn't help but feel grateful for my health and happy that we were promoting such a worthy cause.  We proudly wore our "team shirt" (which displays the kids we're sponsoring) as we ran along the rolling hills of a park in Orange County.

At the end of the course, we met up with Greg and his family.  We were greeted with warm smiles and gratitude for which we were unworthy and met Greg's niece and nephew.  I felt really blessed to be a part of this event and I encourage people to get involved with giving back to others in need because it helps keep life in perspective.

JD and I passed the boys wearing the 'Got Insulin' t-shirts on our way out of the park.  As they laughed and poked each other with their latex swords, I could help but find a distinct parallel: I'm hoping our efforts help these kids cut out the insulin of their lives so they can go on living long and healthy.



Blogger Mike said...

Great stuff Jasmine! And you are right, we should all be involved in something that pulls at our heart strings - there are so many in need...

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