I was diagnosed back when JDRF spelled its name out and before they started providing the Bags of Hope (aka T1D Care Kits) to the adult population. As a result, it was a few years before I even found out about JDRF and by then I had moved across the country from my family and most of my friends.
My very first JDRF walk team was with a few coworkers. I walked a few times after that as an individual but because the walk was not a big deal at my former chapter, I didn’t really make a big deal either about building a team.
I was, however, on a BIG DEAL team a few years ago when I came back to California for Team Ninjabetic. My mom joined me on that team and I found out that she is a dangerously competitive fundraiser.
Now I am back near family and I am ready to walk with my own team again. My nephew is concerned about how long a 5K actually is in miles, and my brother wants to know if he has to walk or if he can just run it.
There’s only one problem. I need a team name. Can’t register without one. Can’t add people to the team without one. Can’t start designing awesome t-shirts without one.
I got a few suggestions from Facebook but nothing has really stuck yet (Type Wonderful, Type 1-derful, last name related puns). I see other team names in the DOC and I am quite impressed – Team Hoffmanderson, Alecia’s Stem Cells, Justice’s Pancreatic Avengers.
So help me out! What’s my team name this year and who’s joining?