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Welcome to David Cramer's/Molly's Milers Personal Page

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Salty Riders!

    Please join me in the fight to cure, better treat and prevent Type 1 diabetes!

    Well, another year FLEW by... My son Alex married the wonderful Mellissa Collins, Molly has gone from a newly diagnosed Type 1 at the age of 12 to a gainfully employed college graduate in the blink of an eye that was 10 years-long in reality! And to 'celebrate' I'll be taking part in JDRF's Ride to Cure Diabetes TWICE this year, along with hundreds of other riders across the country to improve the lives of all people affected by Type 1 diabetes (T1D). I will be riding in Death Valley in October (18th) and Nashville in November (1st) and yes, those are 2 weeks apart, yes I am crazy and yes, the temperatures may be slightly different.

    I will be very honest with you: Other years I have had the time to really train for these and have had a shot at doing the full 100 miles on ride day. I am thinking 60 to 80 miles in Nashville (hilly!!!) will be about the best I will do and 90 or so miles in Death Valley is a realistic goal. Am I a wimp or getting smarter?? You decide and let me know ;-0

    While training has been sporadic, with lots of days off, if you ask people with T1D, they will tell you managing T1D is difficult, life threatening and they NEVER have a day off from the testing, dosing and uncertainties of managing Type 1, which is the reason I am asking for your support to help fund a cure. Let's give them a day off!

    Please donate to my personal fundraising efforts. By doing so, you can help me make a difference for millions of people living with type 1 diabetes.
    Did you know that:

    • T1D is an autoimmune disease that comes on suddenly and strikes both children and adults at any age?
    • T1D has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle?
    • Those living with T1D must carefully balance insulin doses with eating and daily activities throughout the day and night?
    • Those living with T1D must test their blood sugar by pricking their fingers for blood 6 or more times a day?

    As the leader of the type 1 diabetes community, JDRF unifies global efforts to cure, treat and prevent T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered.

    There have been some great advancements recently too. Many of you have supported me for numerous rides and I cannot thank you enough. Your support has advanced work on things like "SMART INSULIN" which is injected once every day and only 'used' if the body senses elevated blood glucose levels. There is even some pretty cool work being done on creating a semi-permeable membrane device (think of it as a very complex tea bag) which is implanted under the skin, monitors blood glucose and the will mimic the pancreas. While we are not there with a total cure yet, we have made and will continue to make the daily lives of those impacted by T1D better and better. Three other exciting advancements are:

    1. Beta cell encapsulation therapy that can create insulin independence for up to two years is moving to human safety testing.
    2. Current studies show potential in a drug that can slow or stop kidney disease, a serious complication of T1D.
    3. At-home testing of artificial pancreas systems that will maintain tighter blood-glucose control automatically has begun.

    Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible?

    Thank you for your support!

    David, Laura, Alex (Melissa) and Molly



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