It's that time of year again.
First, let me thank you for supporting my fund raising rides with JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) in Death Valley for the last THREE years. It will soon be time to try another bicycle ride in Death Valley and at my age (87) the name alone makes me a bit uneasy.
However, hard things are seldom easy. Your donations last year helped to enable our South Western Ohio chapter of JDRF to set a record of $250,000 in donations at this event. The total for all of the chapters at the 2012 ride was over $1,500,000.
This year I hope to set the age record for this ride again and with your help we will beat our fund raising goals. No gift is too small or too large. If you have friends or family who have been impacted by this disease, let them in on this unique opportunity. You and they can make contributions with a credit card by:
a. Going to RIDE.JDRF.ORG follow “DONATE”, ride=“DEATH VALLEY” & rider = “John Hughes”
b. Contact JDRF 8050 Hosbrook Rd #314, Cincinnati, OH. 45236 513-793-3223 Tell them contribution is for rider, John Hughes. If you wish, you can be an anonymous donor.
c. Contact me via email or phone.
I will match the total contributions given up to a total of $20,000. I am paying for all of my own ride fees so that all of your contributions go to JDRF and do not pay for any of my ride expenses.
Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, is a devastating disease that affects millions of people including myself. A large and growing percentage of them are children. There is lots of good news, though. JDRF is our best hope for finding a cure. It funds more type 1 diabetes research than any other charity worldwide and it's making progress along many promising paths toward better treatments and a cure. I have seen numerous developments funded by JDRF that have extended my life expectancy by close to two and a half decades
Now, more than ever, you can make a crucial difference. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible? Together, we can make the cure a reality!
Finally, thanks for your generosity and other support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Vision & venture,
John B. (Jack) Hughes (a type 1 diabetic for 46 years)
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