When I get on my bike and place my riding shoe in the pedal and hear the connecting “click,” it will signal the start of my 100-mile, one-day cycling ride through Death Valley, California. But the sound will remind me of another journey newly started by the click of a lock opening on a door: the door of my son’s college dorm room where we moved him earlier this month.
Years ago, I had a dream of finding a better way to help him care for his type 1 diabetes (T1D) before he headed off to college. We are not quite there yet now – but we are closer than ever. And that’s what has always driven me in this diabetes research world, first as a volunteer, and now as President & CEO of JDRF – wanting to find better treatments for my son, and for all those living with T1D, as we move closer to finding a cure. Or, as I like to say, “Less until None.”
But, that’s not easy. That’s why I’ve chosen to take on the challenge of the Death Valley Ride, once again, this year. Death Valley takes courage and determination - just like my son’s journey to college and life away from home, Deborah’s and my journey as parents at this point in his life, and JDRF’s journey and mission to deliver therapies and a cure. And it takes lots of help.
And that’s where you come in, because you can help me power through Death Valley with a donation to my Ride to Cure Diabetes effort. Your donation will help fuel me on this long and challenging ride. But more importantly, it will fuel the researchers and scientists so close to amazing breakthroughs. It will help move the human clinical trials of the artificial pancreas (often referred to as the “bionic pancreas”) to final stages and to the patient. It will help with new trials for encapsulation – the amazing therapy that protects replaced islets in a capsule (which I’ve actually held in my hand). It will spark the brilliance and imaginations of researchers tackling new ideas.
It will change the life of my son and the lives of millions like him living with T1D.
Halfway through the Death Valley ride is a grueling hill called “Jubilee Pass.” On it, trained coaches help riders along because even the most talented tend to pause and need assistance. Be our coach on this grueling hill we are climbing toward a cure. Click on the button above to donate. I’ll be forever grateful when we are all known as the people who helped cure type 1 diabetes.
Jeffrey Brewer | President & CEO
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New York, NY 10004
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