Why I will Ride Again
I can't believe that it has already been 2 years since I got a bike in NY and signed up from my first Ride- and I am proud and humbled to be a part of it again!
This past year has been pretty amazing, just over six months ago I became a wife and stepmother. As we set out on our journey of our lives together we are committed to raising awareness and the necessary dollars to fund Type 1 Diabetes research, so this year like the past we will return to Vermont and I will ride 100 miles as a part of the Ride to Cure Diabetes program.
The program is a life changing event. Many of you have heard why I have chosen to participate- the physical challenge, the support circle and friendships that I have gained and the overall increased quality of my life. Aside from being with my husband, family and friends, there are few things that bring me the pure joy that this program does.
Being able to see the excitement, dedication and energy that surrounds it is profound! We are improving our own lives as well as all of those with this condition and we are above all contributing our commitment to find a Cure.
And it is not always easy, we have early morning, grueling training rides, waking up before the sun rises; sweating it out; rain or shine; climbing hills and mountains, learning about cycling, about Type 1, about ourselves and about our team mates. It all culminates on this magical weekend in July when people from all over the country, People with Type 1, families of those with Type 1 and some amazing people that have no connection; come together for The Ride!
I was speaking with Billy recently and I was challenged with how I continue to do this year after year, to come back to my family and friends and humbly ask for your support.
I do it because I know I can count on you- because I personally see the wear and tear on my body that living with type 1 for almost 30 years has left, because I don't want to future generations, Billy and my family and future family, to be affected by uncontrollable auto immune conditions like this and because I am committed to being a part of this program.
This year the Ride program will be the biggest to date. From early training rides to crossing the finish line the energy is addicting- I couldn't be more excited.
On behalf of my family, we thank you for your continued commitment to helping find freedom for all of us affected by Type 1 Diabetes.
Lianna and Billy
Check out my blog For the Love of the Ride http://liannawingfield.blogspot.com/