Friends & Family,
This year, as in 13 times before, I’m taking part in the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes, along with hundreds of riders from around the world, to raise money for JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. However, this year is so much more special than in the past. Actually, this day, the 24th of June marks the 40th anniversary of my younger sister, A.J.'s diagnosis. I remember being so confused, so sad and so worried way back then; but here we are today, thanks to you all for funding the advancements that have allowed her to live this long, with minor complications. And as much as I love my sister, and support her with her fight to stay healthy while living with this disease, 14 years ago, just a month after my son's 5th birthday, our family was delivered the news again; our little baby boy was in a diabetic coma. It was devastating and our world was rocked again. Not that we didn't know our chances were higher, but here was this terrible disease, this 24/7 "if you don't manage me every single minute monster" taking away my son's childhood.
And it has been every minute, every hour, every day, every week, every month, every year management that has allowed him to graduate from high school, and to now be a sophomore in college, and healthy and diligent but I know this is not the answer. Better technology, better testing, better control through studies, it's all helped. I would never say it wasn't scary, or easy; not at all, but amazing that we are celebrating, and asking you to join us with this celebration and hopefully, one day, to join everyone in the world with a cure.
JDRF is working every day to change this.In fact, JDRF was just named the Top Ranked Non-Governmental Funder of T1D; and every dollar we raise helps them continue to bring life-changing therapies from the lab to the community until a cure is found.
I have been hard at work, getting back in shape and training and fundraising, and your generous gift today will propel me toward the finish line. I know that I have asked many of you year after year, and you are helping us to be the "ones who cured T1D" but if this is your first time, I can't thank you enough for joining us, either by riding or donating. Can you donate $40 or more to commemorate this occasion and milestone? I plan to raise $4000 which is 100 times my sister's 40 years and hopefully, an anniversary that will only be marked by a date on the calendar as we have it cured for my son in less than the 26 years it takes him to realize his 40th anniversary. Thank you in advance for your support, your caring and your compassion as we do become the ones that cured Type One!