Saturday, June 8, 2013
Dear Family & Friends,
On September 8th, Jon and I will once again be riding our bikes in the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes. Lake Tahoe, California is our destination this year. And while this ride is only 72 miles long, (28 miles short of our usual century rides), it will make up for itself with its brutal 4% grades and 7,000ft + elevation! This will be our fifth year involvement with JDRF. It is an organization that we truly believe in, and our family is very committed to finding a cure for Juvenile Diabetes.
As you may recall, our longtime family friend, Rylee Wood was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) almost 10 years ago. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks and kills its own insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. A person affected becomes insulin dependent for the rest of their lives. This means they must monitor their blood sugar and manually inject insulin many times throughout the day. Dangerously low or high blood sugar can cause life-threatening situations, and these children are at risk for long term complications such as kidney disease, blindness, amputation, heart attack and stroke.
You can help! Make a generous contribution in support of Rylee. Any amount is welcome. Online donations are safe and secure, however, if you prefer you can send us cash or a check made out to JDRF. (Please be sure to include our name in the memo section on your check). Our mailing information is listed below.
Please know that more than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education. Past JDRF research efforts have helped to significantly improve the care of people with this disease, and have expanded the critical scientific understanding of T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered.
We greatly appreciate your consideration and support of this worthy cause. If you have any questions or need any additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Again, thank you from all of us for your generous support of Rylee.
Jon and Nickie Dillavou
231 W. Irving Street – Lincoln, NE 68521
JDRF is the worldwide leader in funding research to find better treatments and a cure for type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly and lasts a lifetime. JDRF sets the global agenda for type 1 diabetes research, and is the largest charitable funder of and advocate for diabetes science worldwide. To date, JDRF has funded more than $1.5 billion in diabetes research, including approximately $107 million in fiscal year 2010. Follow the JDRF Ride on Facebook and stay on top of the latest updates, events, and information!
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