Abbey Reeves is now aged seven and her family has been dealing with her diagnosis of juvenile diabetes since October 8, 2008, when she was three.
Type 1 diabetes is a non-preventable, autoimmune disease, in which the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. It is the most severe form of diabetes and prior to the discovery of insulin was a fatal disease.
Even with the help of insulin, Abbey can face serious complications, such as blindness, strokes, heart and kidney disease and loss of limbs, unless we find a cure.
Even a simple stomach flu can cause Abbey’s blood sugars to plummet and could cause her to be hospitalized.
Every year Abbey and her family participate in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s walk for the cure, as the team called Abbey’s Cure Finders. This year the walk will be held in Abbotsford and details on it and how you can support it are on the website www.jdrf.ca
You can also support the hot dog barbecue fund-raiser being held by the “Springfield Village People” this Saturday, March 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Springfield Village’s community park, behind Safeway and just west of 276 Street (Station Road).