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Join me in turning Type One into Type None!

Ashley and Me - at the 2014 Walk to Cure Diabetes Kickoff
11 Year Old Ashley is a Competitive Swimmer!  Diabetes does NOT define her... she defines herself !

    Welcome to my JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes Page!  

    This year I am riding through Death Valley in honor of Ashley Benkert.

    Ashley is 11 years old and on April 13, 2011 her life changed. Ashley was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.
    Despite the daily struggle to maintain her blood sugar levels she is still able to be a competitive year round swimmer and chearleader.

    She also enjoys softball,  gymnastics, and is an "A" student with many friends.

    This year Ashley is our local Walk to Cure Diabetes Ambassador - spreading the word about T1D and JDRF.

    She does not let diabetes define her. She defines herself.

    I am riding for her - so her type one can become type none. 


    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.





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