Join me in the fight to cure, better treat and prevent type 1 diabetes!
Hello! This year, I'll be taking part in JDRF's Ride to Cure Diabetes along with hundreds of other riders across the country to improve the lives of all people affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). As a coach of the Western Wisconsin team, I am lucky to have an opportunity to fight this disease with like-minded, dedicated people who like to actively fight this disease. We're one of the strongest teams in the country, and want you to join us fighting this tough disease.
If you ask people with T1D, they will tell you it is difficult and life threatening. And they know it never goes away.
I ride for the parents who worry about their T1D children every hour of every day...and night. I ride for those whose T1D parents face the long list of complications and burgeoning T1D healthcare costs as they grow old with the disease. I ride for those who have lost a loved one to T1D, a truly cruel and merciless disease. I ride for those who have been saddened by their T1D friends' lows, bad days, and trips to the ER. Our team raised more than $250,000 last year to fund research to beat this disease, and I know it makes a difference.
JDRF has donated more research money than any other organization to CURE diabetes, and I believe in its mission. Please donate to my or one of my Western Wisconsin Teammates' fundraising efforts. By doing so, you can help make our team strong and in so doing, 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?
I am the only member of my family on either side to have the disease. I was diagnosed at age 28.
- T1D has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle?
I've been active my whole life and other than a few foolish teenage nights tasting too much MD 20/20 and Boone's Farm, I've tried to live a life of clean livin'. Always been thin, exercised a lot, and never ate too many sweets!
- Those living with T1D must carefully balance insulin doses with eating and daily activities throughout the day and night and test their blood sugar by pricking their fingers for blood 6 or more times a day??
Nobody is perfect at this 24/7 ongoing struggle, and if I wasn't OCD before I was diagnosed, I sure am now. Jokes aside, it is difficult. I honestly don't know how parents with T1D children manage.
Once you ride with Team Western Wisconsin, you're a member for life. Come ride with us and help us conquer type one diabetes!