Friends and Family-
Welcome to my JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes Page!
I’m taking part in my first JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes in LaCrosse, WI, along with hundreds of riders from around the world, to raise money for JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.
As most of you know I have been a T1D for nearly 23 years. I have experienced first hand the advances that research and technology have provided in improving quality of life for diabetics. I am thankful everyday for those who are relentless in the search for a cure by donating time and money, actively involved in research, and providing support.
I am excited for the opportunity to be a part of this ride as my employer, Hy-Vee, is a strong supporter of JDRF. Hy-Vee donates generously to JDRF and with your help I would like to add to that contribution.
For my first ride, I am riding in honor of my father, Rick Blase. He was diagnosed with T1D when he was 14 years of age. He would tell stories of having to use beef insulin injected with reusable glass syringes that were sterilized by boiling them. At that time, there was no way to test blood sugar so he tested for glucose in his urine. He never really embraced the advancements whole heartedly and when two of his daughters were both diagnosed with T1D I know it weighed heavy on his heart. Over the years, complications of diabetes took a toll on his body and he succumbed to a heart attack at the age of 54.
In training for this ride, I have received a great amount of support from my friends and family. For those who have met me at spin class, went for a ride, or offered words of encouragement, I am very grateful.
It is my hope that this is the last ride I ride in memory of a loved one that has lost their life as a result of this disease. T1D has affected my family tremendously and I do worry for my children on a daily basis but as we know, worry will not bring a cure. Join me in raising awareness and funds to make Type One into Type None!
Did you know T1D:
- 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.
JDRF is working every day to change this. And every dollar I raise helps them continue to bring life-changing therapies from the lab to the community until a cure is found.
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 love and support,
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