Tom Crabtree stood on stage and told all of us he hoped never to see us again.
No, the Green Bay Packers tight end didn’t go all “Jay Cutler emo” on us. What he meant was that he didn’t want to see us at the 2013 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Walk to Cure Diabetes because he wanted a cure to be found by then and therefore nullifying the need for a walk. People in attendance, including yours truly, applauded.
That’s why we were there. We weren’t there to talk football (although I sheepishly admit I asked a few football questions), we were there to spend time together and hear stories of people’s heroic battles against Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) of which there obviously is no known cure.
This cause means a great deal to Crabtree personally. His wife Chelsea was diagnosed with T1D when she was four years old. He lives the disease every single day of his life, and so do many others. More than 80 people are diagnosed with T1 each day and more than 3 million Americans currently have the disease.
Tom and Chelsea served as ambassadors for the 2012 JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes in Green Bay. However, knowing Tom and his knack for social media and how he enjoys interacting with his fans, you knew he was going to take it up another notch.