Family and Friends,
Riding on a bike for 42 miles is a daunting task. The ride is filled with ups and downs, lulls and sprints, fatigue and perseverance. While you are on your bike, you will want to give up. You will realize that you are stuck pedaling and pedaling with gains that feel miniscule compared to the amount of effort you have been putting in. You will realize the experiences that brought you to the race: the losses, the wins, the days you took off, the days you pushed yourself, the days you fell, the days you got back up, the days where you said I am done, the days where you realized you never had that choice and got back on. And when it’s you, your bike, and the path before you, you will realize how alone you are because then you realize the 42 miles are forever. The 42 miles never ends. It’s 42 plus another plus another plus another plus another plus another plus another. This is what Type 1 Diabetes is. This is what Type 1 Diabetes does. This is what Type 1 Diabetes feels like.
But then you will look up and you will see a team before you. You will see a band of brothers surrounding you. Riding with you. You will realize that you are not alone. That all this time, while you have had your own struggles, your moments where your body has given up on you when you haven’t given up on it, your brothers have been there to support you. And even if it means hours in the conference room raising funds, training in the grueling sun, and pushing beyond physical limits on race day, they do it because they care about the bonds of friendship. These bonds of friendship are forever. One person’s struggle is everybody’s struggle. It’s one brother plus another plus another plus another plus another plus another plus another. This is what brotherhood is. This is what brotherhood does. This is what brotherhood feels like.
And that is why AEPi rides to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. Five Alpha Epsilon Pi brothers will travel to Tucson, Arizona on November 20th for the JDRF Bike race to represent the entire brotherhood and the three million Americans who struggle with Type 1 Diabetes everyday: one of them being our chapter’s President.
All proceeds raised will be donated directly to the JDRF, whose mission is to help fund the research that treats, prevents, and hopefully one day cures Type 1 Diabetes. Our goal of 42 miles and $20,000 may seem daunting at first but together we will reach this goal. Together we will train. Together we will fundraise. And together we will ride.
We have been hard at work training and fundraising, and your gift today will propel me toward the finish line. Please donate and help JDRF achieve its goal of a world without Type 1 diabetes. Thank you for your generous support.
The Five Brothers Representing Team Aepi: