Team Em

I often say in my day to day life there is strength in numbers and one person is never too small to make a difference in our world. In fact, if it weren’t for the cumulative efforts of many people, where would we be?

For this reason I am thrilled to introduce you to Emily.

Em photo

Emily is currently a senior in high school and was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when she was 12.  Growing up is hard enough, but dealing with Type 1 diabetes as a child is a challenging road for both the child and the parents. Suddenly their lives were changed. They had to learn a lot, and fast. The whole family’s schedule was disrupted throughout the day and night with insulin shots and checking blood sugar levels. Emily missed out on many activities over the years because of this demanding disease. It wasn’t a life she chose but one that was thrust upon her. Many people fall victim to such adverse circumstances, but not Emily. She wants to be a victor over the disease and be proactive in finding a cure.

This weekend I had the privilege of being a part of Team Em in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes.

Em and her classmates

Pictured above is just 1/4 of the team Emily put together to raise money for diabetes research. She gathered family and friends, had t-shrits made and led her team of 40 with enthusiasm. Team Em raised $3,000 to date.

Learning to live with Type 1 Diabetes has been difficult for Emily, but according to her mother, “Understanding and living with the disease has taught her compassion, responsibility and how to rise above her circumstances”. These are lessons some people never learn.

Team Em inspired me. What a great example of taking the life you’re given and using it for the greater good. Embracing your circumstances, no matter what they are, to make a better tomorrow for many others.

Everyone can make a positive difference in this world. It doesn’t depend on your age, social status or bank account. It depends on your heart!

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