When Riley was first diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes I was in shock. I wasn't thinking about a cure. I was thinking about how we were going to get through it.
Fast forward a few days: I began to frantically search the internet for all sorts of information. One thing I searched for was how close we were to a cure.
Not very close, it turns out.
But, the one research project that really stuck out for me was the one being done by Dr. Denise Faustman. From the moment I read about what she had done I had hope, a hope I hadn't had before. Her project made sense.
Once I read about it I started researching how to support it. That is how I found The Iacocca Foundation. Dr. Faustman's project is one of the main reasons why I decided to hold a walk to support Mr. Iacocca in what he is trying to do, find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. There are other reasons why I chose to support his foundation but Dr. Faustman's project was really the catalyst for my walk. I remember at my first walk thinking that it would be forever before human clinical trials started. That day seemed eons away.
Well, my friends, that day has arrived. I can't even put into words how excited I am. I know there are some nay sayers out there that want to tell me not to get my hopes up. Some say a cure is impossible.
It's too late. My hopes have been up ever since I first learned of Dr. Faustman's research. And today my hope is soaring.
Who knows, maybe it won't pan out. But, maybe it will. Maybe it will.
"Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible."