Champions for a Cure


We are going on year #3 in our fight to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. For those of you who are new to the program, I will give you a little info.

My name is Tom Wickersham or "Coach Wick." When I was a player for the Whippets my Mother, Sharon, was very instrumental in getting DAFA up and running. For those who were around then, she was known as one of the "Founding Mothers". Unfortunately, she also suffered from Juvenile, or what is now called Type 1 Diabetes. In November of 1998, she lost her battle with Diabetes at the age of 54. Fast forward to March 5, 2009. That was the day our then 5 year old, Evan, was also diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Those who have been around the program have come to know Evan, now 10, as "The Cartwheel King" because of the cartwheels he does on Friday Nights while retrieving the kicking tee. On January 16, 2013 Evan's little brother Brett was also diagnosed at the age of 4. Both boys are insulin dependent and wear pumps to continuously give them the medicine they need to survive. Life is not easy for them, but they have been stronger than we ever could imagine.

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or JDRF, has made tremendous strides in the medicine and technology used to make the lives of T1D's easier and more manageable than it was for my Mother, but we still have a long way to go.

Two seasons ago, the Whippet football family decided to get behind the Wickershams and JDRF in helping to raise awareness and funds to help fight for a cure so that my boys and all others with T1D, don't suffer the daily ups and downs and a future of facing all of the negative side effects, such as blindness, loss of feeling in extremities, organ failure, amputations and a lower life expectancy.

This year we will again hold a "JDRF Night", which is usually the night of our last home game. Ironically, this year it happens to fall on October 24th against the Cougars, which was my Mother's birthday. My wife will have a JDRF table set up where you can receive info on our "One Walk" on the 26th or how to make a donation. In the past, we had the players go out and sell our "Champions for a Cure" team walk shirts, but this year we decided to do it a little differently. We decided to do all of the ordering of the shirts with an on-line service and our time to order is running out and literally only days away. I will provide the link to ordering the t-shirts and on that page, you can click on another link to get information on our "One Walk" or how to make a donation. Thank you so much for joining us in our fight and helping our 2 future Whippets. Here is the link:

Thank you again!!
Thomas Wickersham