Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Bike The Miles for Human Trials

Hi Everyone,

I have a favor to ask. Please consider donating to the Iacocca foundation. The following letter is from a coworker of my husband. Type 1 Diabetes not only affects his family but my own.

This is my annual shameless request for donations to find a cure for Diabetes on behalf of my son Evan.
Due to frustrations with ADA research funding restrictions we have switched to a more targeted approach.

The note below from my wife Kathleen explains what we are doing this year and how to donate.
Please give what you can and don't forget that Datascope offers a matching gift program.

thanks, Nicholas

This year Evan's Team is biking 20 miles on 9/10/06 to raise money for the Iacocca Foundation. (Lee Iacocca lost his wife to type 1 diabetes) The Join Lee Now section of the Foundation will donate all proceeds to human clinical trial research by Dr. Denise Faustman from Mass. General Hospital in Boston. She has cured type 1 diabetes in mice by taking the novel approach of going after the autoimmune disorder.The new human study is designed to stop the autoimmune attack and expedite the natural regeneration process. A primary drug to be tested is Lisofylline (LSF). LSF, alone or in combination with a beta cell growth factor, could offer a safe, effective method to help the body regenerate its own insulin-producing cells resulting in the reversal of type 1 diabetes.

Evan is eight this year and we believe that the work Dr Faustman is doing offers him the best chance for a cure for type 1 diabetes and we need your help to finance the research that could make it a reality.

Please use the link in this email to donate on-line quickly & securely. You will receive email confirmation of your donation and I will be notified as soon as you make your donation. We thank you in advance for your support, and really appreciate your generosity!!
Please forward this email to as many people as you can to encourage them to donate as well!
Warmest regards and a heartfelt thanks,
Kathleen, Nicholas, Emma and Evan Barker

It would be wonderful if a cure were found and could benefit those suffering from it, so that they never have to face the health issues. Heart and circulatory disease, Kidney damage, Neuropathy, (reduces or distorts nerve function causing tingling weakness and or deep pain) Retinopathy and other eyesight complications, dementia and alzheimers, infections, Depression, and decreased bone density are just a few possible ailemnts awaiting diabetics. That along with the constant diet restrictions, monitoring their Blood sugars and injecting insulin through needles or the insulin pump is something no one should have to worry about on a daily basis especially not children so please think about supporting this study.
My mother has dealt with the disease for most of her life. It has caused several health problems for her, some because she wasn’t steadfast in monitoring her blood sugar levels as a teen and young woman and some because doctors are really ignorant on how this disease affects the body.

I don’t think a cure would save her from anything she is going through but it would be wonderful for children and young adults afflicted to never have to face them. Now I am not a doctor so this is just what I have come to understand of her resulting condition, don’t quote me on it. Clogged arteries are the major side effect she has suffered from, Cholesterol isn’t the only thing that clogs them, apparently so does plague produced by high blood sugars. By the time it was discovered that just because she had normal cholesterol levels (all doctors checked) didn’t mean her circulatory system was fine, she had 80% blockage of major arteries. Thankfully she had good collateral circulation. But needed triple bypass surgery and some arteries could not be cleared because the walls had thinned too much. The plague has caused two TIA strokes and resent echo cardiograms show that her heart muscle has only 20% undamaged.

On Sept 21 she is becoming part of another medical study and having an internal defibulator put in, not to correct irregular heartbeats but because her heart is weak and they are seeing if these devices can give patients a safety net should the heart falter. *shrug* My mom is terrified, especially the part where they stop your heart and see if the device can shock it back into beating again. So if you think about it keep her in your thoughts.



Blogger Mechele Armstrong said...

big hugs to you. Diabetes is a rough disease.

9/02/2006 8:06 AM  

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