Why I Walk: The Kinne Family

Hi guys! As promised, throughout this Step Out season, we’re sharing inspirational stories from our walkers – real people who confront the reality of living with diabetes every day. First up, is Marny Kinne’s emotional recollection of hearing her son Tyler’s type 1 diagnosis and the ways her family has supported the Association’s efforts to find a cure…which includes hitting the pavement every fall for Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes.

“On May 24, 2009 – just 11 days after Tyler turned five years old – we got the news that he had type 1 diabetes.  Tyler had no idea what was going on…all he knew was that he felt awful and yet he was comforting me while I was crying!

Because no one in our family has it, I wanted to learn what diabetes meant and what could have happened for him to get it. Since that day, education has become essential. He asked me one night before bed, “Mommy, when’s my diabetes going to go away?”  Wow, how do I answer that? 

I replied, “It won’t, unless they find a cure.” He asked what a cure meant and I responded, “A cure is a way to fix it.” It’s hard to explain to a six-year-old just how devastating diabetes can be.

It was only a few weeks after his diagnosis that I decided I wanted to do more.  Of course, we were helping him in his everyday life, but it didn’t feel like enough to me. So I got on the American Diabetes Association’s website and registered for our local Step Out walk.

Since then, we have participated in two Step Out walks as Team TJK and have raised $8,356.84! Raising this money has been a very rewarding experience and I’m so proud to have accomplished my original goal, which was to support Tyler just a little bit more.”

Please take a moment to thank the Kinne family’s efforts to do just a little a bit more by posting a message below. And, be sure to visit the Step Out website today to learn how you can get involved.

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4 Responses to Why I Walk: The Kinne Family

  1. This will be our 1st walk were participating in the Mobile, Al walk my son who is 7 was diagnosed at the age of 5 and it was a long road for us as well, I felt the same way you did as I want to do more also, I’m excited about the walk and so is Branson , he is now racing motorcross and is fullfilling his dream, of what he wants to do so glad to see Tyler is doing good and participating in sports that’s the message I want to get out to parents who feel that their child’s life has ended and puts them in a bubble, children with diabetes can live a very normal life it at times has been difficult for us with the sport he’s in but through all the love and support and faith from family and friends it can be done, hats off to you mom because it’s a full time job and I just wanted to let you know your family is in my thoughts and prayers , and tell Tyler to keep up the hard work !!

  2. Dean Haggerty says:

    I am so overwhelmed with emotion and proudness when I look at this family and all they have accomplished. These parents Mark and Marny work there butt of to provide a good life for there kids and deal with Tylers special needs as well. I to will be walking this year with Team TJK. I plan to get as much info as I can on Diabetes and get all my soldiers involved too.
    Lets find a cure so children like Tyler and adults can live a normal life.
    Mark and Marny as I said before, I am so proud of you.

  3. Cheryl Jassak says:

    I am very proud of the Kinne family and Team TJK. I am so thankful to have met such wonderful people while working for the ADA and now to be friends with them. I will be there on Sept. 24th to walk with Team TJK and all the teams/walkers for such a great event! Together we will all help STOP DIABETES!!!

  4. Linda HAll says:

    I am Tyler’s grandmother and I too pray every day for a cure. We are very proud of Mark, Marny, Tyler, Sierra and Peyton. Each have taken an active role in ensuring Tyler is well taken care of. Three and half year old Peyton reminded me the other day that I should put Tyler’s diabetes bag in my car before I took them home. Sierra ,who is Tyler’s twin ,looks for the amount of carbs on food items to be sure there aren’t too many. Marny and Mark have done a super job at raising funds all year long. A recent breakfast produced $1,600.00. They have raised over $12,000 within a three year period which is a central new york record for an individual. Please do all you can to help find a cure for this “awful” discease.

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