As most of you know, I have been raising funds for JDRF since 2010 by participating in JDRF’s annual Ride to Cure 100 mile bike ride. I do this because my seven year old son Jonah has Type 1 Diabetes, also known as “T1D.” T1D is an autoimmune disease that attacks the pancreas, which is the organ that regulates blood sugar. Because he has T1D, Jonah is at constant risk of dangerous low and high blood sugar levels. Untreated, Jonah’s T1D would eventually result in death. Even with treatment, Jonah faces a lifetime of serious complications, such as heart disease, stroke, kidney damage, and blindness. And treatment is no walk in the park: 7-10 finger sticks a day to test blood glucose levels, constant monitoring of every meal and snack, and continuous infusion of insulin through an electronic pump attached to his body 24 hours a day. Just for a moment, try to imagine all of this through the eyes of a seven year old boy.
T1D never takes a moment off, so neither can we. Believe me when I tell you that when your child has T1D, you never stop worrying because until a cure for T1D is discovered, your child’s life and health are at risk.
T1D is a life-long disease with no known cure. Jonah will not “outgrow” T1D. Unlike the more common Type 2 Diabetes, T1D cannot be ameliorated by diet and exercise. The best hope for Jonah and other children with T1D is a cure. And the only path to a cure is through scientific research.
The silver lining in this story is JDRF, which is the leading charitable source of funding for T1D research worldwide. Through our involvement with JDRF, we have been welcomed into a wonderful community of caring and thoughtful families who struggle with T1D just as we do. And JDRF, by the research projects it funds, is providing families like ours with hope for a cure and better treatments.
This year I will ride for JDRF two times in 8 days! First, on October 25, I will ride 80 miles with JDRF riders in the Gran Fondo Hincapie in Greenville, South Carolina. Then, on November 1, I will ride 100 miles in the JDRF Nashville Ride to Cure with my 13 year old son Eli. That’s right: Eli, who is just 13, will join me in riding 100 miles to support his little brother Jonah. Think about it: 13 years old; 100 miles; for his little brother. I am so moved and proud! (Click the "2" under the photo of Jonah to see a photo of Eli on his bike.)
So: this year, Eli and I are asking you together: Please support our son and brother Jonah and other children with T1D by making a donation to JDRF. Our goal this year is $6,000. Any amount is appreciated, and no donation is too small! JDRF is a 501(c)(3) charity, so donations are tax deductible. You can donate online by clicking the link on this page. Or, if you prefer, you can donate by mail by sending a check payable to "JDRF" to JDRF Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Chapter, 1400 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005, attention Meredith Grosser (include "Ride to Cure/James Grosser" on check).
Thank you for supporting our family.
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Mr. James M Grosser