Team Elise

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Elise was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) in 2008, two days after her first birthday. Team Elise started three weeks later when we participated in the JDRF Walk in Dallas. Elise is now 10 years old.

In the last nine years, we have had over 1,500 people walking for Team Elise in Dallas, Toronto, Lisbon, Maputo, Little Rock and Abu Dhabi and we have raised over $100,000 for JDRF!

T1D is an autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin - a hormone essential to the ability to get energy from food. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. T1D causes lifelong dependence on injected or pumped insulin and carries the constant threat of complications. T1D cannot be prevented and there is no cure.

Our goal is to create awareness about T1D and raise money to cure, treat and prevent T1D.

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ELISE'S STORY

A fluke. That is how we found out that Elise had T1D. She had no symptoms, and we had no reason to suspect anything was wrong with her. Because she had been diagnosed with UTIs a few months ago, the doctor decided to do a urine test at Elise's 12-month appointment just to make sure it was clean. I think they were as surprised as we were when they found sugar in her urine.

When I got the call Friday afternoon, my stomach dropped. The nurse said it could just be a mistake, and we should bring her in for a retest the next morning. I had a diabetic friend in junior high, so I knew what sugar in the urine meant. I hoped that it was just a mistake.

Saturday we were busy getting ready for Elise's first birthday party, there was a tonne of things to do, but first we had to go to the doctor's for the repeat urine test. We went home and waited for the news. When the doctor called she said it was still positive for sugar, so she was waiting to see some results from the blood they had taken the day before. Fred had a lunch to go to, so I was home by myself when the doctor called and told me we needed to take her for another blood test called a hemoglobin A1c. It would show us her blood sugar levels from the past three months.

So off we went to Children's Hospital ER in Plano. The reason we went to Plano was because (our doctor's reasoning) it had only been open for 3 weeks, and wouldn't be as busy as Children's Hospital in Dallas. It wasn't really an emergency, but there wasn't anywhere we could get blood drawn and results back so quickly.

We made it home only 10 minutes before her party was supposed to start. We were about an hour into the party when we got the call. I started to cry and could barely think straight. Our doctor told us we needed to check into Children's Hospital in Dallas so they could monitor Elise. Stunned doesn't even begin to describe how we were feeling.

On the way to the hospital, all sorts of thoughts ran through my mind, mostly ones where I blamed myself for Elise being sick. It was hard to believe that my daughter, who looked as healthy as any other baby, had this horrible disease raging inside of her. I was also so scared of the unknown. I didn't know what this meant for Elise right now and in her future. And was praying hard, that somewhere, someone had made a mistake.

We checked into the hospital Saturday night and didn't leave until Tuesday afternoon. Those days were a whirlwind of doctors, nurses, information, education and lots and lots of tears. We learned what diabetes is and isn't, how to test blood sugar, how to give insulin shots, how to count carbs and monitor Elise's diet so her blood sugar wouldn't get too high or too low, and what to do if it did.

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News

AUGUST 18, 2017
We unveil the 2017 design for the Team Elise shirt

MAY 16, 2016
JDRF releases "Words of Wisdom" video

MAY 2, 2016
We unveil the 2016 design for the Team Elise shirt

APRIL 1, 2016
TIME Magazine: The Bionic Pancreas Is Getting Closer to Reality

MAY 17, 2015
We unveil the 2015 design for the Team Elise shirt

FEBRUARY 17, 2015
JDRF Canada releases "JE SUIS UN TYPE 1" video

FEBRUARY 9, 2015
TIME Magazine: The Next Best Thing to a Cure for Diabetes

JANUARY 29, 2015
JDRF Canada releases "I AM TYPE 1" video

JANUARY 18, 2015
JDRF Canada interviews Fred

DECEMBER 19, 2014
We get a Pebble smart watch for Elise's school nurse to improve her Nightscout experience

DECEMBER 15, 2014
You Can Do This Project releases "We Can Do This - Diagnosed Under Two Years Old" video

DECEMBER 12, 2014
We get Pebble smart watches to improve our Nightscout experience

NOVEMBER 2, 2014
diaTribe releases "Patient Voices #DOCasksFDA" video

SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
DSMA: Live 'Rents Interview

AUGUST 30, 2014
BBC Health: Bionic pancreas: A new dawn for diabetics?

AUGUST 12, 2014
KTVT-TV: Diabetic North Texas 6-Year-Old Tests Bionic Pancreas

AUGUST 10, 2014
We setup Nightscout (aka CGM in the Cloud)

AUGUST 1, 2014
Elise becomes one of the faces at bionicpancreas.org

JULY 28, 2014
diaTribe: Our Bionic Pancreas Journey

JULY 18, 2014
KTVT-TV: North Texas 6-Year-Old Helping Perfect Bionic Pancreas

JULY 6, 2014
T1 Everyday Magic: You know you're a T1D parent when...

JULY 1, 2014
Elise and Joanne make the cover of the Friends for Life program

JULY 1, 2014
Timesulin Blog: 8 Juvenile Diabetes Blogs You Should Be Reading if Your Child Has Type 1 Diabetes

JUNE 16, 2014
We release "I AM TYPE 1" video

NOVEMBER 14, 2013
Elise reading her World Diabetes Day speech on KCAN, the school's TV morning news show

NOVEMBER 14, 2013
United Nations Radio interviews Fred about World Diabetes Day (in Portuguese)

NOVEMBER 13, 2013
Elise rehearses her World Diabetes Day speech for school

SEPTEMBER 5, 2013
JDRF Dallas Blog: No Excuses...

AUGUST 23, 2013
We unveil the new design by André Carrilho for the Team Elise shirt

JUNE 30, 2012
Love Capture Give® T1D Superheroes for a Cure

MAY 10, 2012
Discuss Diabetes: A Mother's Day Tribute: Joanne Cunha's Proud Mommy Moment

APRIL 4, 2012
JDRF Dallas Blog: Team Elise Walks in Portugal: Employee Volunteering

FEBRUARY 27, 2012
We demo the first cellular-enabled blood glucose meter on the market

NOVEMBER 3, 2011
Elise starts using an insulin pump

NOVEMBER 3, 2011
Joanne and Elise meet Natalie Strand and Natalie tells Joanne that she's a fan of Death of a Pancreas

JUNE 30, 2011
JDRF Dallas Blog: Team Elise Walks to Cure Diabetes in Portugal!

APRIL 25, 2011
Lemond Nutrition: The Mom Chronicles: Type 1 Diabetes

MARCH 13, 2011
Joanne releases "Talking type 1 diabetes with friends" video

FEBRUARY 10, 2011
Corpus Christi Caller-Times: Be sensitive when talking with parent of a Type 1 diabetic

DECEMBER 20, 2010
Six Until Me: What NOT to Say to the Parent of a Kid with Diabetes.

DECEMBER 16, 2010
Joanne releases "What NOT to say to the parent of a type 1 diabetic" video

AUGUST 2, 2010
Elise starts using a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM)

JULY 8, 2010
Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) trial

FEBRUARY 8, 2010
D-Mom: Joanne of Death of a Pancreas

NOVEMBER 14, 2009
We design, print and mail out World Diabetes Day shirts

OCTOBER 13, 2009
Elise is one of the ambassadors for JDRF Dallas at the Passport to Health Diabetes Awareness Expo kick-off

AUGUST 30, 2009
We release "Team Elise 2009" video

AUGUST 14, 2009
Elise has a cameo in "Marissa's Story" video

DECEMBER 5, 2008
We start using a blood ketone meter

NOVEMBER 27, 2008
Fred launches Team Elise blog

SEPTEMBER 29, 2008
Joanne launches Death of a Pancreas blog

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WALK TO CURE DIABETES

Please join us today, Saturday, September 24 at 9 AM at Granite Park in Plano.

Granite Park
5800 Granite Parkway
Plano, TX 75025

The donations raised by Team Elise go to JDRF to search for ways to prevent, better treat, and ultimately cure type 1 diabetes.

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WALKS

9/24/16: Dallas

Team Elise had 133 people walking to raise awareness about T1D and also raised over $15,000 for JDRF.

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9/24/16: Lisbon

Team Elise Portugal had 46 people walking to raise awareness about T1D.

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9/24/16: Abu Dhabi

Team Elise UAE had 4 people walking to raise awareness about T1D.

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9/26/15: Dallas

Team Elise had 107 people walking to raise awareness about T1D and also raised over $9,000 for JDRF.

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9/26/15: Lisbon

Team Elise Portugal had 71 people walking to raise awareness about T1D.

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9/26/15: Abu Dhabi

Team Elise UAE had 12 people walking in Asia for the first time to raise awareness about T1D. A big thanks to Teresa & Pedro!

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6/14/15: Toronto

Team Elise Canada had 27 people walking (includimg Elise) to raise awareness about T1D and also raised over $1,000 for JDRF Canada.

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9/27/14: Dallas

Team Elise had 123 people walking to raise awareness about T1D and also raised over $6,000 for JDRF.

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9/27/14: Maputo

Team Elise Mozambique had 92 people walking to raise awareness about T1D.

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9/27/14: Lisbon

Team Elise Portugal had 41 people walking to raise awareness about T1D.

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9/20/14: Little Rock

Team Elise Arkansas had 5 people walking to raise awareness about T1D.

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6/8/14: Toronto

Team Elise Canada had 7 people walking to raise awareness about T1D and also raised over $500 for JDRF Canada.

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10/13/13: Maputo

Team Elise Mozambique had 36 people walking to raise awareness about T1D.

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9/28/13: Dallas

Team Elise had 136 people walking to raise awareness about T1D and also raised over $12,000 for JDRF.

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9/28/13: Lisbon

Team Elise Portugal had 19 people walking to raise awareness about T1D.

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9/29/12: Dallas

Team Elise had 113 people walking to raise awareness about T1D and also raised over $15,000 for JDRF.

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9/29/12: Maputo

Team Elise Mozambique had 13 people walking for the first time in Africa. A big thanks to Tiago!

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9/29/12: Lisbon

Team Elise Portugal had 13 people walking to raise awareness about T1D. A big thanks to Ilda!

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6/10/12: Toronto

Team Elise Canada had 7 people walking to raise awareness about T1D and also raised over $700 for JDRF Canada.

9/24/11: Dallas

Team Elise had 117 people walking to raise awareness about T1D and also raised over $16,000 for JDRF.

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6/12/11: Toronto

Team Elise Canada had 5 people walking to raise awareness about T1D and also raised over $500 for JDRF Canada.

5/29/11: Lisbon

Team Elise Portugal had almost 200 people walking (including Elise) to raise awareness about T1D and also raised almost $3,000 for JDRF.

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9/25/10: Dallas

Team Elise had 87 people walking to raise awareness about T1D and also raised over $15,000 for JDRF.

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9/25/10: Lisbon

Team Elise Portugal had almost 100 people walking in Europe for the first time to raise awareness about T1D and also raised over $2,500 for JDRF. A big thanks to Tiago!

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9/26/09: Dallas

Team Elise had 29 people walking to raise awareness about T1D and also raised over $7,000 for JDRF.

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9/27/08: Dallas

Team Elise had 8 people walking to raise awareness about T1D and also raised over $3,000 for JDRF.

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