What is Sam’s Search about?
Blessed from the beginning, the concept of Sam’s Search originated at the JDRF Walk to Cure in the Fall of 2009. In early 2010, Sam’s Search incorporated in the State of Texas and became a registered 501(c)(3) with the Internal Revenue Service.
Leading up to the formation of Sam’s Search 4 a Cure: it was in early 2008 when Sam Davis was diagnosed with Type 1 (Juvenile) Diabetes. The day that forever changed the Davis family as they had to learn to deal with a disease impacting their 4-year-old son as well as their entire family. A disease that had no cure. A deadly disease that was diagnosed primarily in children and teenagers. Type 1 diabetes is given the nickname Juvenile Diabetes for this reason. Leading up to the diagnosis, Sam was an outgoing kid that loved to play and was just learning to play ice hockey. The months following the diagnosis were tough as the family limited activities, stayed close to home and learned how to manage diabetes, while trying to provide the closest to normal life possible for their young boy.
Type 1 Diabetes
There is nothing anyone can do to prevent T1D. Presently, there is no known cure.
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease that occurs when a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, the hormone that controls blood-sugar levels. T1D develops when the insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells are mistakenly destroyed by the body’s immune system. The cause of this attack is still being researched, however scientists believe the cause may have genetic and environmental components.
Who T1D affects
Type 1 diabetes (sometimes known as juvenile diabetes) affects children and adults, though people can be diagnosed at any age. With a typically quick onset, T1D must be managed with the use of insulin—either via injection or insulin pump. Soon, people who are insulin dependent may also be able to use artificial pancreas systems to automatically administer their insulin.
How T1D is managed
Type 1 diabetes is a 24/7 disease that requires constant management. People with T1D continuously and carefully balance insulin intake with eating, exercise and other activities. They also measure blood-sugar levels through finger pricks, ideally at least six times a day, or by wearing a continuous glucose monitor.
Even with a strict regimen, people with T1D may still experience dangerously high or low blood-glucose levels that can, in extreme cases, be life threatening. Every person with T1D becomes actively involved in managing his or her disease.
- Some 1.25 million Americans are living with T1D, including about 200,000 youth (less than 20 years old) and more than 1 million adults (20 years old and older).
- 40,000 people are diagnosed each year in the U.S.
- 5 million people in the U.S. are expected to have T1D by 2050, including nearly 600,000 youth.
- Between 2001 and 2009, there was a 21 percent increase in the prevalence of T1D in people under age 20.
- In the U.S., there are $14 billion in T1D-associated healthcare expenditures and lost income annually.
- Less than one-third of people with T1D in the U.S. are consistently achieving target blood-glucose control levels.
Our Foundation & Events
Diabetes requires 24 hours a day management and made everyday events and activities much more challenging. A few weeks in to this new life, an old friend reached out as they had heard the news. They too had a small child, not much older than Sam, that had been living with juvenile diabetes and offered to help in any way possible. Questions, frustrations, experiences were shared. The JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes was introduced and later that year, Sam’s Bionicle Brigade was formed to walk in the event. Friends, family, co-workers all joined the brigade and helped raise money for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) to continue funding research in finding a cure for juvenile diabetes. JDRF is a great foundation that has provided funding for research that has revealed many advances that make day to day management of diabetes much less time consuming and complicated.
Type 1 Diabetes Numbers per 100,000 population