Type 1 Diabetes is a Constant
It’s that time of year again. Each of the past three years I have ridden in an effort to help find a cure for Type I diabetes. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is a very personal charity for me. My daughter, Taryn, has been living with type I for the past 6 years. We need to find a cure, we need your help.
Type 1 diabetes is a constant, forget to play by the rules bad things can happen fast. Hyperglycemia (see fact 2 below) or hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) both can be fatal.
Type 1 diabetes is a constant, it’s not just about monitoring your blood sugar every single day. Type 1 can eat away at your mental resilience, spirit, and self worth.
myth: Diabetes is caused by obesity, or eating too much sugar.
fact: While obesity has been identified as one of the "triggers" for type 2 diabetes, it has no relation to the cause of type 1 diabetes. Scientists do not yet know exactly what causes type 1 diabetes, but they believe that both genetic and environmental factors are involved. Eating too much sugar is not a factor.
myth: Taking insulin cures diabetes.
fact: Taking insulin keeps people with type 1 diabetes alive. Just to survive, people with type 1 diabetes must take multiple injections of insulin daily or continually infuse insulin through a pump. Over time, excess sugar (hyperglycemia) permanently damages blood vessels in the eyes, kidneys, hands, feet, and heart, leading to complications such as blindness, amputation, stroke, kidney and heart failure.
Taryn has always been very regimented in taking care of herself and 21,900 finger pricks later, so far so good. Taryn just completed her junior year at the University of Massachusetts where she is majoring in nutrition. She will complete her degree next year and look for work in the diabetes field. Her fortitude in dealing with Type 1 and her commitment to excel in her studies makes me so proud.
Four years ago I made a personal commitment to raise money for JDRF because we need to find a CURE. Hopefully, this will come sooner rather than later but we must continue to fund the research. My goal will be to ride every year until a cure is found. My goal is 100 miles; LaCrosse Wisconsin into Minnesota down the Mississippi River into Iowa and back. While a physical endeavor on my part, it pales in comparison to the generosity you have shown to help us find a cure for Type I Diabetes.
I'm asking you to help support my fundraising effort. Please donate!! Your tax-deductible gift will help make a difference in the lives of people with type 1 diabetes. La Crosse, WI look out here I come. Thanks
If you prefer, you can mail your gift check to me at the address listed below. Please make the check payable to JDRF and include my name in the Memo section.
779 Old York Rd., East Windsor, NJ 08520
Any amount, great or small, helps JDRF get closer to its goal of finding better treatments and a cure for type
1 diabetes. I greatly appreciate your support and will keep you posted on my progress.
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