Another year has passed and I am about to participate in my seventh Ride To Cure Type 1 diabetes in Death Valley. This has been an amazing (okay, often confusing), year of milestones for me and my family and working with the incredible people associated with JDRF and this Ride To Cure always helps me to put things back into perspective. My daughter Jessica has graduated from Wheaton College and is now working at Disney's Animal Kingdom training birds and performing in the park's daily shows. My son Matthew had a tremendous freshman year at Skidmore College where he is an acting major. This summer he has been working at a very cool store in Beacon Hill in Boston called "good"... it's actually great! As for me I turned 50... and I'm still not quite sure to make of that!
Last year in Death Valley my wife Tracey joined me for the first time and together we pedaled 85 miles and enjoyed every second. It was her first year riding a road bike! She trained really hard over the winter and has been piling on the miles this summer. Our goal is to complete the entire century this time including the climb to the top of Jubilee Pass!!
As always I will be riding to support my great friends, the Cramers who have also had an amazing year. Molly, who was diagnosed over 9 years ago will be a senior at Richmond this year.... We are very proud of her and honored to ride in her name!
If you ask people with T1D, they will tell you it is difficult and life threatening. And they know that there is NEVER 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.
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:
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 full cure yet, we have made and will continue to make the daily lives of those impacted by T1D better and better. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible?
Thank you for your support!
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Mr. Jon A Beckstrom