It’s 3:00 a.m. and the alarm is ringing. You see, I had to set the alarm last night so I could get up at 3:00 a.m. to check my 5-year-old son Alex’s blood sugar.

There are two things wrong with that opening statement. One, I set the alarm at 1:00 a.m. last night and two, my son Alex is now 6 years old. I used that opening in a letter I sent out last year to a few of my friends. Many things have changed since 2009; unfortunately, Alex’s diabetes is not one of them.

While Alex is now in kindergarten at Immaculate Heart of Mary and is a goal scoring machine on his indoor soccer team, he still has diabetes. He still requires 24/7 monitoring of his blood sugar. He still gets his finger pricked around 10 times per day to check his blood sugar. He still wears an insulin pump and glucose monitoring device everywhere he goes. Diabetes is an unrelenting monster to him, to our family and to the millions who suffer from the disease.
Why am I telling you this?

One organization that reached out to our family immediately following Alex’s diagnosis on June 15, 2007, is the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). They have been with us every step of the way as we journey towards a cure. JDRF is an organization founded by parents of children with type 1 diabetes, and their sole purpose is to find a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications through research. Alex is living proof of what JDRF can accomplish, as JDRF was instrumental in funding research for the continuous glucose monitoring device he wears.

JDRF Indiana State Chapter’s largest fund raising event is the Annual Promise Gala on April, 24, 2010. The Annual Promise Gala includes great food and drink, dancing, the chance to win auction items and most importantly, the ability to help fund hope – hope for a cure – hope for my son Alex. Diabetes leaves you feeling isolated and alone; the Annual Promise Gala is an opportunity to connect with others toward a common goal… a cure.
This is my invitation to you. The Annual Promise Gala is your opportunity to connect.

Please come connect with me and my family.

Additional information and tickets for the event can be found at
Event Details

Annual Promise Gala
April 24, 2010 at 6:00 PM
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
Black-tie optional

Contact Information

JDRF Indiana State Chapter
Andrea Mehringer
(317)469-9604 [email protected]

JDRF is honoring Jim Morris, President, Pacers Sports and Entertainment, for his contributions toward finding a cure for diabetes. Additionally, JDRF has selected my family as the Fund a Cure Family. My wife and I are extremely humbled to be selected to represent JDRF. Our role as the Fund a Cure Family is to introduce you to the life of a diabetic family. What diabetic children and their families do on a daily basis is astonishing to me. What diabetic children and their families do to help find a cure is simply amazing.

At the Annual Promise Gala a video will introduce you to Alex and our family. At the event, I have the pleasure of introducing Alex to you in person. Alex is a fantastic kid who happens to be type 1 diabetic. Please help me find a cure for type 1 diabetes. Please help me re-introduce Alex, and re-introduce him simply as a fantastic kid.

On behalf of Alex and my family, thank you for your consideration and support.

Wild for the Cure,

Joel Russell & The Russell Family

P.S. If you are unable to attend the event, please help us on our path for a cure by making a donation at

Like this post? Share it!