Hope you are having a nice summer.
I am embarking upon a 105 mile bike ride in Death Valley to raise money for JDRF.
Many of you may not know the daily struggles of a type 1 diabetic (T1D). Every year, a T1D has to inject themselves with insulin over 1,000 times and test their blood sugars by either pricking their fingers over 2,000 times or using catheters (replacing every week) for continuous glucose monitors. That is the easy part. The challenge is to make sure blood sugars do not go too high or low. Bluntly, too high causes long term complications and too low can kill within an hour if untreated. Currently, there is no cure.
I know this gig as I’ve been an unfortunate member of the T1D club for over 24 years. However, this is not why I’m doing this ride.
I am riding to support two indirect sufferers of T1D:
• The children of T1Ds: I want to make sure children of T1Ds (like my 10 year old twins) do not suffer the same fate. Unfortunately, there is a high likelihood they can come down with T1D. If this threat were eliminated, this would be my definition of a cure. I ride for them.
• The parents of young T1Ds: I can't imagine the emotion, stress and strain these parents are put under on a daily basis while caring for a T1D child. I see them at board meetings, galas, lemonade sales and walks bringing passion and resolve to the cause. They do not get the recognition they deserve for all their efforts. I also ride for them.
JDRF has been the leader in T1D research. The amount of research funding alone in 2012 was more than $110 million. Since 1970, the organization has funded over $1.7 billion in research.
I have been actively involved in this incredible volunteer-driven organization since 2000 and I am currently serving as an International Board Member. While a beginner bike rider, I need to get out of the conference room and sweat it out like so many of the volunteers who raise money at the ground (or in Death Valley’s case below sea) level.
Thank you very much for your support of the continued fight to end type 1 diabetes for good.
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