As many of you know, for over a decade my grandmother, Mary Brown, participated in the JDRF Death Valley ride and was committed to raising money needed to fund research for better treatments and a cure for diabetes. Over the years she has been honored as a top fundraiser and earned the prestigious red polka dot jersey which is awarded to the person with the most spirit and voted on by fellow riders. Her spirit, love and generosity were contagious and touched everyone that knew her.
In 2012, I had the privilege of riding alongside her on her very last ride in Death Valley. Sharing this experience with her was priceless and a memory I will cherish forever. Mary was a fighter and put up a courageous battle with breast cancer. Before her passing I had the opportunity to spend a weekend with her drinking our favorite white chocolate mocha lattes, watching the Bengals beat the Browns and reminiscing about our adventure together in Death Valley. Ironically, her last ride was my first, but it won't be my last. I made a promise to her that I would carry on her legacy and make the 105 mile ride in her honor every year until I couldn't ride any longer, just as she did.
Jeremy, will be riding along and supporting me on this journey. We are asking you to help support our fundraising efforts and carry on Mary's work with a donation, but most importantly to help make a difference in the lives of people with T1D.
Any amount, great or small, helps JDRF get closer to its goal to improve the lives of every person affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, & preventing T1D.