Participating in the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes is now a yearly event I wouldn't dream of missing. My first experience at a JDRF event was life changing. It was the first time in 25 years that I tested my blood sugar and took insulin in public. I also wouldn't miss this event because I have seen first hand the improvements that have come along in treating T1D - type 1 diabetes. Without these new insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors and new insulin I am not sure I would be alive and healthy today. JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, and it is your donations that keep me going.
I have pledged to raise $4000 for the JDRF and ride 72 miles through the mountains of Lake Tahoe to hopefully one day find a cure for T1D. What was once "juvenile diabetes" is now effecting adults and babies at an alarming rate. This is not a disease that can be fixed with diet or pills. Constant injections of insulin and meters to measure blood glucose are necessary to survive.
I am riding for my sister Rachel and brother in law, Scott, who have raised 3 boys, 2 of which are T1D. Raising children and babies with T1D is extremely difficult, as constant supervision is needed and it is a matter of life or death. On every JDRF ride we ride mile 23 in silence in rememberance of children who lost their lives to T1D. This began several years ago when my friend Michelle lost her son Jesse on 2-3.
I have now been living with T1D for almost 30 years. I wear 2 devices daily that go under my skin attached with stickers. Everywhere I go I carry my continuous glucose monitor which needs to be calibrated with finger pricks twice daily, and my blood glucose monitor which is also my remote control for delivering insulin, they are more important than my phone. When my blood sugar gets high I am dehydrated, sick to my stomach and feel like my blood is pudding running through my veins. When my blood sugar is low, I am so weak, my brain has trouble putting words together and my legs have trouble carrying my body. Both are daily occurances. Even though insulin helps control T1D it is not a cure. I consider trying to balance blood sugar is like a bad joke. Therefore; I keep riding and my goal is for TYPE ONE TO BECOME TYPE NONE!!! Please consider making a donation.....
If you think this page contains objectionable content, please inform the system administrator.
Gail & Mike Bell
Lauren and Mark Bernstein
Lisa Tittemore and Rob Cooke
Melanie & Eric Appelbaum
Mrs. Andrea Rona
Ms. Anne Schlesinger
Scott & Erica Aber
Susan & Carl Augusto