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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