Dear Friends and Family,
Once again I am taking on the challenge of the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes. I will be riding in both LaCrosse, WI and at the Hincapie Gran Fondo, near Greenville SC. I would like your support in this effort. No, I am not asking you to donate in order for me to take an amazing cycling vacation. There are much easier ways for me to do so. In fact I could have ridden the Hincapie Gran Fondo as a non-JDRF ride for only $150. It is not about the bike rides but rather about the people and the purpose. My goal is to raise over $4,000 for JDRF this year. As coach of our Eastern Iowa Team I am putting a lot of time into helping others train to reach their goals. I also invest a considerable amount of my own time and money in fundraising for JDRF.
I am motivated to do so because of the cost of Type 1 Diabetes in both human and financial terms. The cost of managing T1D is flabbergasting. Type 1 diabetes accounts for $14.9 billion in healthcare costs in the U.S. each year. Insulin, and the delivery devices, the testing devices and supplies are all very expensive and absolutely necessary. It is not an exaggeration to say that lives are dependent on it.
Which brings to mind the human cost of T1 Diabetes. I have been involved with JDRF for many years. I hear horror stories of deaths due to low blood sugars. The most recent a young woman of seventeen who kissed her parents good night and never awoke in the morning. While you might want to write these off as outlying occurrences the truth is many of my friends have had problems with severe low blood sugars. There is also a risk of complications with vision, heart disease and other health problems arising from high blood sugars.
JDRF has a goal of less until none. Research is focused on better control and fewer complications and ultimately a true cure. Early research is being done on smart insulin. Smart insulin would react to blood sugar levels and manage T1 diabetes with a single daily injection without risk of severe lows or highs. While not a full cure it would eliminate the need for pumps and continuous glucose monitoring. Just imagine the cost savings, both human and financial.
I will be riding for my friends Katelynn Sterling and Tom Henry and the many countless others challenged by T1D. I am inspired and encouraged by many people who have seen me out riding or fundraising in my JDRF Jersey and thanked us for our efforts. This recent Facebook post is a good example of what keeps me coming back year after year.
"It was great to see you riding this morning! We were on our way to the lab to have extra kidney function testing done for my 10 yr old T1, she wasn't happy about it but perked up when she saw the JDRF logo on your shirts. Thank you!"
So there it is. It’s about research, and hope, about being inspired and inspiring others. I can’t do it alone but if we all pull together we can help turn Type 1 into Type None. Please consider making a donation online at the following link. http://www2.jdrf.org/goto/Tim
“Coach” Tim Martinek
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