Join me in the fight to cure, better treat and prevent type 1 diabetes!
Hello! This year, I'll be taking part in JDRF's Ride to Cure Diabetes, along with hundreds of other riders across the country to improve the lives of all people affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). If you ask people with T1D, they will tell you it is difficult and life threatening. And they know it never goes away.
From a cycling and fundraising standpoint, 2013 is my most ambitious ever. I have committed to three Ride to Cures this year (Burlington VT, Nashville TN and Death Valley CA) and will be supporting other registered riders as a coach.
I am asking for your support. Please donate to my personal fundraising efforts. By doing so, you can help me make a difference for millions of people living with type 1 diabetes.
Did you know that:
As the leader of the type 1 diabetes community, JDRF unifies global efforts to cure, treat and prevent T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible?
Thank you for your support!
Training and Fundraising begins for 2013!
Until Evan's diagnosis with T1D on February 20, 2002 I never even thought about what diabetes was or what it meant to have it. More than 11 years later, it's all I think about! That and how can I get my son cured!
Cycling incredibly long distances in sometimes extreme distances is the only way I know to motivate others to join our fight to find a cure.
Every year, on the first day of fundraising for JDRF, when I send out the first email appeal, I can't believe I am asking family, friends and new acquaintances for more money to continue research. Actually I feel like I am begging but I do it without shame or remorse. It seems the cure is ever elusive and when I meet someone who has had T1D for much longer, 30 or more years, I realize they've been waiting much longer than we have!
That's why I can't give up, cant quit doing this until that cure is found! Some great improvements in treatment have occurred along the way and more are coming (come on Artificial Pancreas get approved already) but it's the cure these riders, coaches, moms, dads, kids and adults are focused on! No one is willing to quit until T1D is cured and that is what is so damn motivating and compelling about the JDRF family!
Back to training...I've got 1 training ride under my belt and each time I leave for a ride I will be heading for every hill I can find. I have to be ready for a season of biking that will likely exceed Mount Everest the world's tallest mountain. Hope on 2 Wheels Ride 8,000 feet of climbing (so far), Burlington VT 1600 feet of climbing, Nashville TN 4420 feet and Death Valley CA 2670 feet! That's 16,690 feet of climbing just for each ride day. Add the hill training on everyday training rides and yeah, it will be an Everest kind of year!
But believe me when I say that is absolutely nothing compared to what someone goes through battling their T1D, monitoring their Blood Glucose levels, counting their carbs, measuring their insulin and using thousands of test strips and needles for just one year!
So I can do this in Evan's honor and in honor of everyone I know who has T1D and in honor of those who have already lost their lives from it. I truly believe that someday the cyclists, walkers, donors and sponsors who fought this disease will be known as the people who cured it!
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