Chris' Story








On July 29, 2010 Chris' life was completely altered. At two years old Chris was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes (T1D). He will be insulin-dependent for the rest of his life, and just in the last year alone he has endured over 3,000 finger-pricks and 1,500 insulin injections. Along with the rigorous blood testing and insulin shots, everything he consumes must be weighed and measured, and his blood sugar levels need to be checked when he plays and even when he sleeps. 

Chris rarely complains about having to manage his diabetes, and keeps a positive attitude. As a family, the Thurston's enjoy playing sports, running road races and other outdoor recreation. In fact, Chris ran his first 1 mile kid race less than 1 week before being diagnosed. Although they have to keep a close eye on Chris and make sure his blood sugar is not getting too low, they love seeing him run. Chris wants to show everyone that even though he has T1D, he can still be active and enjoy life. 
  
Chris' parents, Travis & Jenny Thurston organized the first Crazy Pancreas 5k in 2011 to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) the #1 non-profit funder of diabetes research in the world. Chris and his family also help spread awareness about T1D at their event, and on YouTube through Chris' Quick Tips.  All proceeds from the Crazy Pancreas 5k are donated to JDRF to help fund research to improve quality of life for those living with T1D everyday, and to help find a cure. The hope is that one day Chris will be able to say, “I used to have Type I Diabetes.”

Chris and his family invite you to participate in the Crazy Pancreas 5k, because together we can turn Type One into Type None!