Join me in the fight to cure, better treat, and prevent type 1 diabetes!
My wife, Ellen, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 52 years ago. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas (the islets). While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Type 1 diabetes strikes children and adults, causes dependence on injected or pumped insulin for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications.
Ellen’s diabetes has been fairly stable since her 2001 islet transplant. However, as with any transplant, she has to take anti-rejection drugs daily for the rest of her life. Some of those have side effects, and she takes more drugs for the side effects. Most people with diabetes can’t benefit from an islet transplant because there are not enough donors. Plus, some who have received the transplants give up because they can’t stand the side effects of the anti-rejection drugs.
In any case, a transplant is not a cure. The cure will only come through research, and research costs money.
Once again—come this October—I’ll be attempting the 105-mile ride across Death Valley as part of the JDRF 2013 Ride to Cure Diabetes, along with hundreds of other riders across the country, as we try to raise millions of dollars for research.
(Two years ago, I participated in JDRF’s Death Valley fundraising ride. That year, it got so hot that I completed only 92 miles. But it’s not about the miles; it’s about the mission.)
This year, I’m donating the full minimum fundraising amount of $4,000 for this event. Please donate to my personal fundraising efforts. Every dollar that you contribute will go directly to research because my contribution will cover all of the costs associated with the ride (and a lot more). The money we raise helps JDRF move faster toward better treatments and a cure for type 1 diabetes.
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." Winston Churchill
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