Join me in the fight to cure, better treat and prevent type 1 diabetes!
For 2013 I have the privilege of riding with my son William, who just turned 16. It is his first summer on the bicycle and he has come a long way in comfort and endurance. We are looking forward to Ride Day in Lacrosse, Wisconsin in August, and I am enjoying the unprecedented amount of chatting time we get with our training rides!
Most of you have supported our family's JDRF fundraising for the eight long years Turner has had T1D, you know that I am president of the Greater Missouri chapter Board and Derek is Research Chair of the JDRF International Board. We do what we can every day to speed up a cure, but we couldn't make nearly the difference we do without the support of all of you, year after year. Thank you.
Below is the fundraising letter William has sent for his own fundraising effort:
Rapp Family Chronicles 2013
"Last year, my mom dropped the ball on the fundraiser letter-writing, so this year I said I would take over. In prior years this letter has not had nearly enough about the youngest Rapp, me, William, and I will also fix that problem. This year, my mom and I will be riding the Ride to Cure Diabetes in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, in August. It will be my first time participating in the ride. Today we had a practice ride, my first ride of over 20 miles. My neck hurt, my back hurt, and my seat REALLY hurt, but I will stick with it because I want to make a difference for type 1 diabetes. Also because my mom is making me. Well, not really making me, but let’s just say significant family peer pressure is being applied, considering that EVERYONE else in the family has done the Ride and raised money for it except me.
Being completely serious, I hate seeing all that Turner has to go through every single day to keep healthy with his diabetes. He did a great job his first year away at college, but it affects everything he does, and he can never just forget about it and act like a regular college student. I wish I could give him just one day without worrying about his blood sugar and keeping track of all his supplies. I also hate the fact that I am at a high risk of developing type 1 diabetes as well. I am in my third year of a clinical trial aimed at keeping people like me free from T1D. I hope it works, that’s all I can say. I don’t mind the daily pills I take for the trial, but the semiannual clinic visit I can do without, and if I never have to drink Hawaiian punch again in my life I will be happy. So you can see, I am motivated to speed up a cure for T1D, including preventing T1D, and that is what JDRF is working on. Love, William"
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