Welcome to my JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes Page!
I’m taking part in the JDRF 100 mile bike ride called Ride to Cure Diabetes!
Did you know Type 1 Diabetes:
- 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.
Katie and Elsie are my two daughters who get up every morning and give themselves an insulin shot that works 24 hours. In addition to that insulin, an insulin pump is dispensing hourly insulin. When they eat any food, they must tell the pump how many carbohydrates they are eating so it will give them extra insulin. Pricking their finger 6-8 times a day will help them know how well their bodies are using the insulin. Anxiety(cleaning their room-smile), exercise(they play soccer), hormones(they are teenagers) and many other factors affect how well the insulin is used. They recently went on our church's youth retreat for a weekend. We had to pack carefully extra medical equipment for the pump, batteries, glucose tablets, syringes, extra insulin and more so they would have everything they needed for 3 days. I thank God for this technology that keeps them alive! But even better is the technology for a cure very likely in their lifetime!
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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Ann Klopp DeBacker
In memory of Peggy Bissonette
Mrs. Mary K McManus
Mrs. Sharlene Berglin McCuan