This year I am raising $4,000 and participating in JDRF's Ride to Cure Diabetes in Death Valley, California.
I am doing the 105 mile bike ride in honor of Scott Smith who had Type 1 Diabetes. His wife is good friends with my sister and our families grew up together in Princeton, NJ. Scott's daughter was in my son's class when I lived in Princeton. Scott died unexpectedly from diabetes at the young age of 44 leaving behind his wife and 2 kids. I am certain that many of you know someone, a relative, friend, or loved one who has diabetes. The fact is any one of us can be diagnosed with diabetes which occurs at a rate of every 17 seconds.
Being a physician and treating diabetes and then working at Novo Nordisk, a pharmaceutical company devoted towards the treatment of diabetes, has given me a lot of experience and perspective on diabetes. Just receiving the diagnosis can be overwhelming and what is often overlooked is that even the best of patients who do everything right have both good as well as bad days with this lifelong disease.
Thankfully, JDRF unified in its search for a cure also helps those with diabetes cope and live day to day through much needed support groups and education for patients and family members. Just last weekend I attended, Family Day with Sam Fuld, a Tampa Rays baseball player with Type 1 diabetes who provided inspiration and hope to children with diabetes and their families. JDRF is a reputable organization that will use your donations for research, into such possibilities immune research therapy and the artificial pancreas to educational programs, materials and camps for children as well as adults with Type 1 DM.
Please support this organization to find a cure and help those living with Diabetes. Any amount will help!
Race to Cure Diabetes Facts:
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Debbie Nuzzo (JDRF Chair Mid-Jersey)
Dr. Michael Santiago
Dr. Sady Alpizar
The Great and Amazing Pete Perla