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.