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Jon's Epic Tenth Season

Dear Friends,

 

2012 marks my 10th season riding for the New York City Chapter.  Life has changed, but I remain steadfast in my commitment to cure Type 1 diabetes, and Lindsay and I appreciate your decade of support and encouragement.  Year after year the Reitzes family has been able to count on you, and we couldn't be more grateful.  This year, I will ride (and coach) with the New York Crankees in Burlington, VT on July 14.  Lindsay will be there (baby in tow) to cheer us all on!

 

This year has been the best of my life.  Lindsay and I welcomed our son, Marlon George into our lives, and the world on March 7, 2012.  He is happy, healthy, and I must add, incredibly cute.  Being a father has changed every aspect of my life:  My commitment to my family is strengthened; my commitment to my career is heightened; and my committment to my own health is at it's highest level ever.  To be a good dad, I must be a healthy dad.  So, I haven't touched as much as a slice of bread in six months and managed to go from a robust 181 to 158lbs. 

 

As good as I feel, I still feel the constant pressure of being diabetic nagging at my side, no matter what I do.   And I look around at my friends who are diabetic and now we are parents with diabetes.  I understand the panic my sister has when she's driving her kids to school and has a low blood sugar, or when all our kids want to do is play with us, and we have to nurse a high blood sugar down from 300 to normal.

 

And the biggest stress  of all is that diabetes might not stop with me.  As I write this I wrestle with the reality of one of our kids having to deal with diabetes, and frankly--I can't deal with that.  I honestly can't.

 

So please make this our best year yet and let's be sure that diabetes stops with me, stops with Robin, Lesley, Jen, Blake, Carissa, Cary, Jake, Jake, Bob, Lianna, Becca, and the rest our friends and family living with Type 1 diabetes.

 

MORE ABOUT TYPE 1

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) strikes both children and adults at any age. It comes on suddenly, causes dependence on injected or pumped insulin for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications.

As the leader of the T1D community, JDRF unifies global efforts to cure, treat, and prevent T1D.  In this role, JDRF has funded more than $1.6 billion in diabetes research since its founding in 1970, and has meaningfully advanced the T1D scientific frontier and the management of this disease.

Now, more than ever, you can make a crucial difference. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible? Together, we can make the cure a reality!

 

With gratitude and respect,

Jon and Lindsay Reitzes