For the fourth year in a row, I'll be Riding for a Cure to Type 1 Diabetes. On November 1st, myself and many of my pancreatically-challenged friends will be riding 100 miles around Nashville, TN. Now don't get me wrong, I really enjoy riding my bike and the people I get to spend time on the road with are great...but I really don't want to ride for a cure anymore.
I want to do the the Ride for Hey, Remember When People Had Type 1 Diabetes? (RFHRWPHT1D? for short). A mouthful, sure, but a much better reason to celebrate.
I'm not naive enough to think that a cure will come next year, but I'm willing to put my time, effort and money to a cause to ensure that my son (coming soon to a world near you!) won't ever have to worry about T1D. I want to ensure that he'll never have to worry about constant finger pricks, countless injections, carb counting and worrying about having backup food for a short walk around the neighborhood. And, selfishly, I don't want him to worry that his dad (yours truly) won't be around for as long as he can be.
So once again, I'm asking for your support, because I believe that the research may not be a year away from a cure, but it's certainly a year closer. And I firmly believe that the advances made as a result of funding from JDRF will ensure a long, fruitful life for me, and a life free of T1D for future generations.
That got a little heavy, didn't it? Well, let's put in the Fun in fundraising by incentivizing this whole thing:
$50 Donation: Your name will be on my bike, so I can keep you in mind as I ride 100 miles through the Tennessee countryside.
$100 Donation: Dedicated Spandex Selfie Shoutout on the social media outlet of your choice. I’ll even give you your own hashtag!
$250 Donation: I’ll make sure you never have to see pictures of me in Spandex.
$2,000 Donation: Naming rights to my unborn son (don’t tell my wife)*
*Act fast, offer ends August 18th, give or take. No pooling of donations. And remember, Karma can be cruel.
Thanks, as always, for your support. I’m honored to know so many great, generous, people and I truly appreciate any and all help you can provide for this great and personal cause.