Mark Andrews was diagnosed with T1D when he was 9 years old. When he was diagnosed, Mark had no idea what T1D was but he said, "Ok, tell me what I'll need to do and I will do it!" That was it. He has never asked "Why Me?" He has never felt sorry for himself. He just deals with it.
Mark's parents and family made sure to let him know there was nothing in life that he couldn't do; T1D would not define him. Whatever he wanted to do his family made sure it would happen. With that support Mark played college football at the University of Oklahoma where he set records and won awards. His success at Oklahoma led him to being drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in 2018 and he was a Top5 Rookie and set Ravens team records, as well.
We want to raise awareness and money so that other kids can know that they can live their dreams too. "Diabetes is a part of me but I will never let it define me and my dreams!!" ~Mark Andrews
Most people don't have a clue about T1D (Type 1 Diabetes, Juvenile Diabetes). When you have T1D, your body stops producing insulin—a hormone essential to turning food into energy. Even with the most vigilant disease management, a significant portion of your day will be spent with high or low blood-sugar levels, which can lead to unpleasant short-term side effects and even long-term complications like kidney failure, heart attack and blindness.
With T1D there are no days off and there is no cure. But there is HOPE.
YOU are a part of that hope. By donating you can support life-changing research that helps people with T1D live healthier and longer, until a cure is found.
Your support makes it all possible.