Welcome to my JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes Page!
Why am I riding? Because I want a cure for both of my kids; Chad and Melissa.
Annette Funicello said "When you are young and healthy, it never occurs to you that in a single second your whole life could change." My son Chad may not have been old enough 40 years to have been able to give that much thought... but a moment in time 40 years ago (January 1974) changed his life forever - as it changed our lives as parents. 40 years ago - just a few days shy of his second birthday - Chad was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes (now known as T1D).
Years later - when Melissa was 25 - she was also diagnosed. More tears and more anger and another call to action to do whatever it takes to raise $$$ to help find a cure.
40 years ago - my Wife Donna and I got involved with what was then JDF... later to become JDRF... We continue our support because we are confident that in doing so our kids will be cured.
Here's some numbers for you. Chad has been dealing with diabetes for 40 years, Melissa for 20 years... Donna and Charlie with a combined 60 years of diabetes parenting and worrying... that's a total of 120 cumulative diabetes years. But we're still fighting the fight - thanks to support from friends and family who continue do whatever they can to help us with our fundraising to support diabetes research.
40 years ago it was called insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) or Juvenile Diabetes and sometimes Type 1 diabetes... and today it's called T1D (short for Type 1 Diabetes). We really don't care what we call it...
'just want to cure the @#!%! thing.
That's why our family will once again participate in the 2014 Ride to Cure Diabetes. Thanks to many many friends and relatives - our family ride team has raised over $107,000.
Our ride history includes:
2002 Death Valley - Chad and Dad
2003 Death Valley - Chad and Dad
2004 Death Valley - Chad and Dad
2005 Death Valley - Chad and Dad
2007 Death Valley - Chad and Dad
2008 Death Valley - Chad and Dad
2009 Killington - Chad and Dad
2010 Death Valley - Chad and Dad / Donna and Melissa as volunteers
2011 Death Valley - Chad, Melissa and Dad / Donna as a volunteer
2012 Death Valley - Chad, Melissa and Dad / Donna as a volunteer
2013 El Tour de Tucson - Chad, Melissa and Dad / Donna as a volunteer
2014 BACK TO DEATH VALLEY ! - Chad, Melissa and Dad / Donna as a volunteer
We will ride until Type One is Type None!
BTW - Did you know T1D:
- Strikes both children and adults suddenly and is unrelated to diet and lifestyle.
- Occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. Insulin is essential to turning food into energy.
- Requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on injected insulin.
JDRF is working every day to change this. And every dollar I 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 training and fundraising, and your gift today will propel me toward the finish line. Please donate and help JDRF achieve its goal of a world without T1D.
Please check back to view my fundraising progress as my Ride weekend approaches. Thank you for your support.