Dear community, businesses and friends,
My name is Lauren Durst. I am a 23-year-old citizen of Mason, W.Va. and a graduate student at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy. I am also a Type 1 Diabetic. Three days after my eighth birthday my world was changed forever. I was diagnosed with a chronic disease that is still a challenge to manage after 15 years. Science and technology has greatly improved my quality of life, and I now regulate my diabetes using continuous insulin pump therapy and a blood glucose sensor that monitors my blood sugar 24 hours a day. For ten years, I led a team in the annual Walk for Diabetes in Huntington, W.Va. Through support from friends, family and members of my community, I raised almost $50,000 for research and education for the American Diabetes Association. This disease affects a large percentage of our country and is one of the leading causes of death.
As students of the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy, my classmates and I have decided to participate in the Walk for Diabetes this year in an attempt to find a cure for diabetes. As future pharmacists, we realize the impact that diabetes and other illnesses have on our community, economy and loved ones. Through funding for research and education, the quality of life for diabetic patients has greatly improved over the years. Patients can receive free education and attend free support group meetings through the American Diabetes Association. Programs such as these offer wonderful opportunities for patients and their families when learning to live with diabetes.
Along with my classmates, I would like to ask your support in our attempt to raise money for the American Diabetes Association and people like me all over the country. The search for a cure gets closer with every dollar donated. As a class, we would like to be able to help our future patients by taking part in this opportunity. We will be taking donations through September 30 of this year, and we have set a goal of $4,000. Thank you very much for your consideration and we hope you can help take part in supporting our cause. Please make checks payable to the American Diabetes Association.
Lauren Lynnette Durst
2013 Doctorate of Pharmacy Candidate
P.O. Box 678
Mason, WV 25260