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.
Hence, “Team Crabtree” was born. Tom (and his publicist Alex Tallitsch from First String PR) sent out tweets and Facebook message asking fans to join his team and raise money for the walk which occurred this past Saturday, May 5th. The goal for the team was $5000.
The team in the ended up raising over $12000. I did my small part and raised $305.00.
I arrived at the walk site in De Pere around 9 am and upon walking up to the registration area, I was immediately greeted with a hearty handshake by Tom. You could tell how much the event meant to him. I was honored to be a part of it.
Tom of course brought some of his friends along and by friends I mean Packers. Offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse took part and so did Tim Masthay and his wife Amanda. Tight end Ryan Taylor was also there and so was some wide receiver named Jordy Nelson.