40 Day Fast – Imagine A Cure & JDRF

For my contribution to “The 40 Day Fast” at InspiredToAction.com, I’d like to take another minute to talk about Imagine A Cure and JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).

One of the hardest things I have ever gone through was when my oldest son, Sam, was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at the age of two. I will never forget the day the doctor told me that my son had an incurable disease. My heart broke into a million pieces. Nothing hurts greater than when something happens to your family. I have never felt so helpless than when my son wants me to “fix” it, and all I can do is hold him and say, “I’m sorry”. Or at least I thought that was all I could do.

We have since started an organization called “Imagine A Cure” and it is my greatest desire to find a cure for my son. “Imagine A Cure” financially supports cutting edge organizations like JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) who are determined to work themselves out of a job by finding a cure. Not only are we trying to make a difference financially, but more importantly we are trying to make a difference through prayer, and we need your help. If you are able to give financially then praise God, but all of my fellow believers can pray. And that is exactly what I am asking you to do.

Pray for the hearts and minds of the scientist and doctors trying to find a cure. Pray for everyone who is experiencing this terrible disease first hand. Pray that God find greater glory through a cure. And, at the risk of sounding selfish, pray for my family. Pray for Mommy and Daddy to be patient with this “new normal.” Pray for Sam’s health. And more than anything else pray that, regardless of a cure, God be glorified through Sam’s life.

Last week I mentioned that Sam was entered in a contest to raise money for JDRF by designing the paint job for a racecar. First off thank you so much for those that have helped with Sam’s car. Your giving has left my family in awe. Also let me say that all of your messages you have left for Sam has kept me in tears. My wife has printed out every one of them knowing it is something Sam will appreciate for years to come.

All of this to say, we are so close! The top 5 cars go to Ford for them to pick the final design. As I am typing this, Sam is in 6th place. Winning the chance to be on a racecar is pretty cool, but watching the donations go up all across the board is extremely exciting! THE RACE IS ON!!!!  The contest goes until July 31st so there is still time to donate.

Regardless who wins the car design, everyone with juvenile diabetes is winning as we raise more and more money for a cure! So please, please, please consider giving for this cause today. I have said it before, and I will say it again, my greatest desire is to find a cure for my son, so forgive me for asking for your support once more, but I have a pretty good feeling that you understand.

Click on this link to help. Thank you and God bless.

-bart

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  • Nancy LaScala

    You have my promise that I and my entire family will pray just as you requested. May God bless you all for who you are and what you do. I don’t understand why your wonderful son has to have this problem, but I thank God that it brings to light people like you—you are a shining example to all of us of grace in adversity.

    We love you very much!

  • MomS

    Hey, I am already on a fast for The Call DC (August 16th) but I think God will “allow” a two fold fast. You can join in praying for The Call. God is doing amazing things in the youth of this country and around the world. Love you more than you know…

  • euphrony

    Bart, thanks for participating in the 40DF. One of our Inspired to Action team (Laura) is diabetic. While I’m sure she would love a cure, she’s not let it slow her in the least – spending a great deal of time in Africa and visiting more than 30 countries by the time she hit 30 this year. God is working in great ways to help those with this disease, and I will gladly join with you to ask Him to bring a cure to us soon.

  • Crebcycle

    Bart,
    A cure has been in my prayers since Sept. 25, 2005 the day my then 11 year old son was diagnosed with type 1. He is now 14, I don’t know what God’s plan is for Morgan’s life with diabetes, but whatever that plan is, may He be glorified. May the LORD also, somehow, be glorified through your son’s life.
    In His Grace and Mercy,
    Tonyia

  • annie

    Thank you for this post. My husband was diagnosed with Type I at the age of 22! It was devastating for him, and he still struggles (physically and mentally) A LOT. You can count on my support for this cause.

    This cure would be a dream come true for my family, too!

    God bless.

  • Lisa M.

    I’ll be praying with you. What you had to say at Ignite Chicago about the junk in life bringing glory to God was awesome. You put it so well, and I’ve thought on it numerous times since that day. Just know that through all you and your family are going through, God is being glorified!

  • ScW

    Thanks… keep up the good work. Our son, Grayson, was diagnosed over 4 years ago with type 1. I’ve already seen God’s blessings as He’s used Grayson’s diabetes for His good purposes, but of course, we also pray and hope for a cure as you do.

    Livin’ it with you…

    -ScW

  • nancy

    Thank you for sharing. I’m praying for you today.

  • Katherine

    Definitely praying for you and your family-and all of those who are working on a cure for this disease.

    We know God hears our prayers and I pray He gives Sam and your family strength, peace and comfort as you struggle daily with this disease…and that He will give wisdom, insight, and the right ideas to the scientists, doctors, and all those laboring for a cure.

  • Tammy~S.L.O.B.

    Way to go, Sam!! Your car is in fifth. I will keep watching and make more donations as needed, to keep you in the top 5!My family is praying for a cure and of course for Sams car to win!!
    (its the best design anyway and should win)

  • Buggy G

    Bart—even though there are only a few days left in the contest, I put the video of you and Sam on my MySpace page. I wish I’d thought to do it sooner, but maybe it will help.

    I see Sam cracked the top five! I pray he holds that position and more importantly, the Lord blesses this cause. He knows the cure to diabetes. Trust in His timing.

    By the way, you don’t sound selfish. God bless you and your family.

    Sarah
    (Louisville, KY)

  • Debra

    Bart,
    I was at the concert at the OC Fair and was brought to tears by you telling your story of your son having diabetes. I myself was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 32 years ago at age 4. The advances in care and knowledge are a blessing to us all. Your comment about it being for the glory of God was an eye opener for me. Thank you! I support your efforts and those of the JDRF. I will keep your family in my prayers- For Sam it is now a way of life- sometimes hard, sometimes fun(we get snacks). But either way it is life and we take what God blesses us with and glorify him in it.

  • Karen h

    Dear Millard Family,
    Keep the faith! Our 15-yr-old daughter went through a very serious disease 4 years ago and it really tested our faith. Sometimes it’s so hard to understand why the children have to go through these things. All we know is God is on the throne and it will be better!! We’re keeping you all in our prayers. Mercyme is such an enormous blessing to us! Keep it up!

  • Karen J

    Wow Bart. This post was profound on so many levels. It is great to hear that Sam’s car design is doing so well, I see he is now number 4! I continue to pray with you for a cure and for Sam as he lives with this disease daily. Also, I went to the Inspired to Action website and still I have not stopped crying. My heart breaks for the children suffering around the world…it moved me to action just as seeing Sam’s video did…thanks for providing the link.

  • Family Jules

    Thanks.
    I forget, after having diabetes for 23 years, to even pray for a cure. I guess I think about it and certainly support this organization, but I forget to bring what seems impossible to the only one who knows that anything is possible. Thanks for your words and heart for this cure. I certainly will pray for Sam, for me and for those who are working to find a cure.

  • Kelley

    WAY TO GO SAM…THIRD PLACE!!

  • Anthony Torres-ZCC, NJ

    I understand pain my brother. But by Gods Grace, I understand Hope. I am with you here, and I look forward to seeing you all at Ocean Grove. As this story of my life is unfolding, remember to let God hold the paintbrush in your life, it will be the most amazing portrait of who you are. And lets let God paint the car, I know He will choose all the right colors for it. I am sure the colors will bring that car to life, as I am standing with you. Here is something I wrote at Easter time and spoke to the congregation at Zarephath Christian church here in New Jersey, the home of Star 99.1. I hope it blesses you and your family. It is the true story of Gods Grace in my life…I call it “The Greatest Painter that Ever Lived”……..

    As I look back to the night that God came into that hotel room, touched me and healed me of my addiction, the cross truly has a much deeper meaning in my life today. Every time I do something now that separates me from God, I go to the cross on my knees and ask for forgiveness. That in itself is not that uncommon, but its what happens when I am there at the cross that tells the true story. I can almost feel the drops of His blood falling from the Cross hit my cheeks as a rain drop does when it is raining. Its beyond words how it makes me feel. As rain falls and washes away the dirt on our bodies, the blood is what restores my Hope that I may know that He is God. The cross is so much more than one man, like myself, can truly understand.

    One and a half years ago, I was addicted to prescription medication, homeless, jobless, I had a restraining order against me, my wife was divorcing me, I could not see my kids, and on and on and on. My life was shattered. I was alone. My addiction to medication destroyed all the most important things to me in my life. I chose to turn to pills instead of to God. I knew God. I have been a Christian for almost 15 years. But I was not able to stop from taking all the pills once they began to control my emotions. I lost everything. There was nothing left for me to lose, only my life was left. And as I laid in the hotel under the control of my addiction, my life began to slip away. I was not trying to commit suicide. I believe I had overdosed on Klonapin. I had taken approximately 20 to 25mg of klonapin in a couple of hours to try and stop the pain and anxiety. As I began to fall asleep to never wake up again, God came to me. He stretched out His arm and touched me. Instantly, all the medications I had ever taken was withdrawn from my body. Holy Spirit Style! God had touched me, healed me, and most of all, He forgave me. This new journey I began just over one year ago to restore the broken pieces of my life is nothing more than the Grace of God. So much in one year, I cannot write it all, but this is the best way I can sum it up.

    My marriage has been restored. Peace and Hope are alive in me again. I am working, we have a new house and do not have to live in a tiny 4 room apartment. Michelle and I are growing TOGETHER in the Lord and I have returned to being a servant for the manGod who hung on the cross that I may have life. It makes me cry to know that He died that day for me.

    The picture of the cross we see everyday in our lives painted by many great artists depicts something more than just the random thoughts of a mans vision. It is the final act of the Son of God that lived only to know that this would be the defining moment in His life, that I may have life.

    If a picture can tell a thousand words, than this is what my picture looked like. For many years I held the paint brush in my hands and painted my own image on it, only to come to the point in my life that I could no longer look at myself. My self portrait was nothing more than a picture of myself with a fake smile and the look of false hope. But one year ago, When God entered that hotel room, touched me, healed me, He asked if I had had enough? I had had enough. God took that picture of me and tore it up and took out a new parchment and I handed Him the brush and let Him begin to do my painting for me. In the last year now, with God doing the painting of me, He is like no other artist that ever lived. Every stroke of His brush has meaning, every color has a purpose, and although the painting of me has flaws, it is no less beautiful. I know I have flaws, I want them in my portrait. Because I am so far from perfect, that it would not be a true self portrait if He made it perfect. There is only one portrait that is perfect, and that is my Fathers son on the cross. The old portrait that used to tell a thousand words of my life past, filled with brokenness and pain, now tells the story of a man who has found Hope, Peace, and received Gods Grace.

    No matter how broken or shattered our lives may be, God sees it as Beautiful. When we finally turn to God, He turns despair into Hope, Hope into Faith, and Faith into everlasting Peace knowing that we are loved by an awesome God. And although you may be struggling with so much pain, almost as if its been raining for 40 days and 40 nights, there is a rainbow on the horizon. A rainbow…………… just for you, and your child….

    God Bless

  • Buggy G

    FIRST PLACE–that’s AWESOME, Sam!!!

  • Tammy~S.L.O.B.

    WAY TO GO SAM!!!!! First place! I am so very happy for you! With all the S.L.O.B.S out here you should be in first!

    ~~~ Everyone keep watching through tomorrow so no one tries to pull a fast one and beat SAMS!!

  • KELLEY

    TAMMY…I’LL BE WATCHIN….IF I CATCH ANYONE CLOSIN IN ON SAM,I’LL TRIP EM FOR YA 😉

  • KELLEY

    UH OH….THAT OLIVER IS A ‘SLIPPERY’ ONE…DIDN’T SEE HIM COMING…SLOBBERS UNITE.

  • Tiffany

    Thank you so much for praying for a cure and working so hard on raising money for JDRF! I am 36 years old and was diagnosed with Type 1 at the age of 18 months. So, for 35 years I have given at least two shots a day, been on a pump for 10 years, numerous blood sticks a day! However, I try to have a positive attitude and I give God the glory for all the amazing things He has done in my life. It took me a long time to realize that I have this disease for a reason and I am finally at peace with it! God blessed me with one biological miracle son and one miracle adopted little girl. Keep praying for a cure! Everyday of my life my family has prayed for this.
    Thank you for doing what you are doing! Sam, you will be in my prayers! My Dad always told me to think about how blessed I was- I can walk, talk, do so many things and there are others that are not able to do those things! It helps keep things in perspective!!! Your car design is precious! I hope it wins!!!

  • KELLEY

    AND THERE GOES RILEY…I CAN’T WATCH ANYMORE, STARTIN TO STRESS ME BUT WHAT A GREAT RACE! AWESOME JOB SAM!

  • Tammy~S.L.O.B.

    Thanks Kelley! Ok, I know us SLOBS have donated already but how about if we each drop another 20.00 at least right now?? We cant let Sam lose the top spot!! I have just did another. So come on SLOBS as Kelley said lets UNITE!!

  • Kelley

    DOES THIS END TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT?….CANNOT GET ANOTHER DONATION IN UNTIL 8AM EST TOMORROW 🙁

  • Kelley

    :::BITIN MY NAILS…OH THE STRESS:::

  • Buggy G

    Sam dropped! Where have all the SLOBBERS gone?!

  • Tammy~S.L.O.B.

    Come on slobbers??? I can only do so much!!!
    Help Sam!! He dropped to 3rd!

  • Kelley

    This SLOBBER has exhausted her monetary resources…but I’m still watching….what a race!….where’d Steven come from?…I’m guessing that other SLOBBERS are planning a sneak attack just before midnight…but as much as I want Sam to place first, it’s the thrill of the race and bringing in necessary funds for a very good cause…and he’s still in the top 5 and could still win this!

    I’ll do my part and try to distract Steven and Oliver in the meantime.

  • Kelley

    Didn’t know it ended at 6pm….wow Sam’s back in first place…I need a Mountain Dew!

  • Tammy~S.L.O.B.

    Way to go slobbers!!! I really am to old for this much thrill!! Kelley~~ sorry but I need a glass of wine, this thing has really got me going too!!!

  • Laura

    Bart, thanks so much for being part of the 40 Day Fast! I was traveling on your day, so I’m cathing up, but I wanted to say thanks for all you’re doing to bring attention (and money) to research to end the effects of this disease.

    I also wanted to encourage you and your family since I’ve been living with Type 1 for almost 16 years now. The disease is in many ways devastating, but we are also lucky to live in a country where there’s good healthcare, health insurance, and access to cutting edge technology. One of the greatest gifts my parents gave me was not making my diabetes something that had to be a limitation. With their love and support, I’ve been able to travel all over the world, work in Africa, climb mountains, raft rivers, and do anything else I’ve wanted to do. Please know that while Sam will have to continue to learn to live with this added burden, his life can still be full and incredible. And we continue to pray and work for a cure…

  • Donna

    Bart,
    I am wondering if it would be possible to purchase one of the black shirts with the hand on it? My nephew also suffers from the disease and he would love to have one. You can reach me at onecaladybug@comcast.net.
    Thanks!

  • Jeanne

    My family and I have something in common with yours. Our daughter was diagnosed with type 1 just over a year ago now at the age of 2. We were devastated! She is the youngest of four children, and it has affected us all in different ways. Thankfully, we have empathetic children that understand why their little sister needs extra attention, which, in turn, takes it away from them.

    We are grateful for the advances they have made in technology to make life as normal as it can be for all of our wonderful children. We are excited to say that our daughter will be the youngest child being treated at our endo. clinic to be placed on the insulin pump! We look forward to the day when she can get through the day without shedding tears after receiving 4+ injections! Not to mention the stresses of life with this disease to decrease, even if just a little.

    Our entire family and many friends are uniting at the end of September to raise $$ and participate in the Walk For A Cure in Traverse City, MI with the hope that our daughter and the entire type 1 community can say, someday soon, that they used to have diabetes.

    God Bless!

  • Brian

    Bart,

    Thank you for your music and ministry. I was diagonsed with diabetes when I was eleven years old Today Feb. 14 2009 marks my 24 year with diabetes. Over the years I have had periods of tight control like in high school when I was a wrestler, and times when not so tight control like when I started to spend less time with my parents and more time out on my own. Thanks to God I have never been hospitalized or have so far never had any complications due to my diabetes. Over the years god has blessed the minds of doctors, and medical technology to help the lives of diabetics easier. I injected insulin for 22 years and now I use a insulin pump which has made life much easier. I thank God each day for keeping me healthy. May God bless you and your son and Keep him healthy also.

    Thanks,
    Brian

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