Welcome to my JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes Page!
I’m taking part in the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes, along with hundreds of riders from around the world, to raise money for JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.
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.
Once again I will be participating in the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes, a 100-mile bike ride. This year’s event will begin in Franklin TN. We will ride through rural TN and parts of the Natchez Trace. The goal of the Ride is to raise money to help JDRF find a cure for diabetes. My personal goal is to raise $3,000.
You may not know it, but diabetes will kill more Americans this year than AIDS, cancer, or emphysema. It will leave thousands of others blind, on dialysis, or in wheelchairs. And it will rob some of the joy of childhood from many, many very young people who are afflicted with this terrible disease.
I am riding in memory of my cousin, Linnea Mills who lived with diabetes for over 40 years. Her positive outlook and love for life was an inspiration to all who knew her.
I am asking for your financial support. Your tax-deductible contribution to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) will help fund the research needed to find a cure for this disease. Someday, we hope to find a cure for diabetes. And the money we raise in the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes will help make "someday" come a little sooner.
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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