In August my mom and I will be participating in the JDRF ride to cure diabetes. We each must raise $2,000 to be a part of this 100 mile, one day bike ride that is sure to be one of the most exhausting things I’ve ever done. The fundraising and the biking are both going to be a challenge for us, but it is a challenge we're eager to accept. For we're not riding for pleasure, fitness, or the challenge of it; were riding for a cure for Type 1 diabetes.
As you likely know, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on April 1st, 2004 and life has never been the same since. It’s been a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows, both with my blood sugars and emotions. But we’re not just riding for me. We’re riding for two other special Type 1s, our JDRF youth ambassadors Grace and Zach.
My youth ambassador, Grace is a beautiful and intelligent nine year old athlete. She plays soccer, softball, basketball, and swims. Her least favorite part of having T1D is missing out on the action because of her blood sugar. This is a burden she will have to deal with until a cure is found. Not only will this affect her athletic endeavors but also her schooling and her career.
Zach, my mother’s youth ambassador, has already spent over half his live receiving finger pokes and shots. At the age of two, Zach’s immune system attacked his insulin producing cells causing him to become a Type 1 Diabetic. As a six year old Zach knows more about syringes and carbohydrates than most adults.
Neither Grace nor Zach nor any of the thousands of other type 1 diabetics will ever have a day where they don’t think about their diabetes; wondering if they’re going to have a dangerous high or life threatening low, not being able to enjoy a snack without thinking how much insulin they must take for it, being nervous of the impact a particularly active day might have on the balancing act that is maintaining their blood sugar. Simply put they will never have a day where they can just relax completely worry free. That is, until a cure is found. And we’re getting so close.
Like my mom, who is raising money and riding to find a cure for me, Grace and Zach’s moms are very involved in JDRF and are incredibly dedicated to finding a cure for their children. Their devotion to find a cure inspires me and is a huge part of why I ride.
I ride for all the moms and dads who constantly worry about their T1D child.
I ride for Grace and Zach.
I ride in the hopes that by the time they are my age, carb counting, insulin shots, and thinking about their blood sugar will be just a memory.
I ride for a cure.
Will you help to find one?
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Miss Kari E Turner
Russell Construction Employees