Welcome to my JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes Page!
Year 4 of my participating in the JDRF Ride to Cure...man time really does fly. It seems like just yesterday that I was wondering what this Ride to Cure thing was and decided I'd give the whole cycling thing a shot. I can vividly remember arriving in La Crosse for my first ride, feeling a bit anxious, overwhelmed, and somewhat bewildered - everyone had on JDRF shirts and gear, they all seemed to know eachother, and everyone was smiling from ear to ear. I was soon to find out that in my attempts to give back I would actually become part of this amazing family that would give me more than I could ever hope to give back.
My Mom and Dad were with me for that first ride in La Crosse - my first stab at riding a century - and they drove along the course as personal photogs, SAG support, and joined in helping all riders at rest stops along the way. I managed to ride that first century on a 1970s Raleigh 10 speed that my Dad had ridden and fixed up for me to ride with a lot of help from new friends who did the majority of the work pulling me along the course.
Last year for my 3rd year with the Ride program, and first year as a Coach, I travelled to Nashville. My Dad had actually planned on taking a motorcycle trip down to be at that ride with me, but hectic schedules have a habit of getting in the way and a month later he was gone. The outpouring of love and support I received from the Ride to Cure family cannot be overstated.
I look forward to expanding that family at every ride.
I’m taking part in the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes, along with hundreds of riders from around the world, to raise money for JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.
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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Mr. Matthew Schmitz
Nancy Munn Schmitz
Nathan & Maria Woollard ❤️🚴