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Arden's Day Blog

Arden's Day is a type I diabetes care giver blog written by author Scott Benner. Scott has been a stay-at-home dad since 2000, he is the author of the award winning parenting memoir, 'Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal'. Arden's Day is an honest and transparent look at life with diabetes - since 2007.

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2010 JDRF Walk Wrap Up

Scott Benner

 

Our fifth walk is in the books and it was a great success!There were fifteen of us that walked together on Sunday, the weather was great and the company sublime.  I want to take this moment to thank everyone that supported Arden’s walk.  

 

As a team we’ve raised over $5,500!  Friends like Tami, Aly and Megan went to work asking their friends and family for support while Dan took to FaceBook to collect over $1,400 which he added to the $1,700 that his JDRF bowling fundraiser brought in last year.  Add that to the $2,000+ you all kicked in... just fantastic!  

 

I spoke to many walk teams yesterday and they almost all reported a drastic decline in donations over the last few years with this year being the worst.  I am so proud to say that while we experienced a decline, I was told that we were one of only a few teams at the Bucks County site to raise over $5,000. I’m very, very proud of that and of all of you. You are all to be commended.

 

I was asked to make a small announcement before the walk began and as I was sharing my story about the support that is available to the parents of type I kids online via Twitter, I found myself getting a bit choked up.  To be fair the entire event is an exercise in not feeling alone and quite emotional if you are effected by type I.  I looked around at the brothers, aunts, mothers and sons in the faceless crowd and was calmed by the knowledge that they all understand what Arden’s Day is like.  I spoke to a man whose son was diagnosed just a month before the walk, the little boy was just three years old.  I could see myself in his face as he described what the last month had been like.  I saw his fear and sadness but worse I saw that he doesn’t yet understand what’s about to happen to his family.  I smiled, wished him well and told him that everything was going to be fine.  What I didn’t tell him is that everything was going to be ‘diabetes fine’, not fine like he was accustomed to in the past.
So that’s it. Another walk in the books... I hope it’s the last one they ever have to have.  I have to go check Arden’s BG now... good night!
You know what? I should say that it’s not too late to make a donation... You can do it at the link. Thanks again!

I was asked to make a small announcement before the walk began and as I was sharing my story about the support that is available to the parents of type I kids online via Twitter, I found myself getting a bit choked up.  To be fair the entire event is an exercise in not feeling alone and quite emotional if you are effected by type I.  I looked around at the brothers, aunts, mothers and sons in the faceless crowd and was calmed by the knowledge that they all understand what Arden’s Day is like.  I spoke to a man whose son was diagnosed just a month before the walk, the little boy was just three years old.  I could see myself in his face as he described what the last month had been like.  I saw his fear and sadness but worse I saw that he doesn’t yet understand what’s about to happen to his family.  I smiled, wished him well and told him that everything was going to be fine.  What I didn’t tell him is that everything was going to be ‘diabetes fine’, not fine like he was accustomed to in the past.
So that’s it. Another walk in the books... I hope it’s the last one they ever have to have.  I have to go check Arden’s BG now... good night!


You know what? I should say that it’s not too late to make a donation... You can do it at the link. Thanks again!

http://walk.jdrf.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=extranet.personalpage&confirmid=87699113

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maggie and rhianna

we really enjoyed exploring your whole website and reading the other comments.  we think your doing a fantastic job in being cole's and arden's father.

Sunday, November 21, 2010 - 09:32 AM