Welcome to my JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes Page!
On July 24th, 2014 my family will travel to Burlington, Vt. and I will be 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.
I am riding in honor of my daughter Megan who is 13 and was diagnosed with T1D on Oct. 14, 2011 at age 10. Megan's life changed that day, As a mom I want nothing more then to help find a cure for my daughter. Megan is a seventh grader who enjoys dancing, hanging out with her friends and spending time with her sister, Katelyn. She is an amazing girl who is so talented and funny. (She also just found out this weekend how much she loves to ice skate!) Meg is a "go getter" and she does not allow T1D to stop her from doing what she loves. She is so strong, she amazes me with her strength. She never complains about pricking her fingers all day long, taking shots, or changing her pump. She inspires me and has taught me what the word "strong" really means. It's with that strength in her that has put this courage into me. This will be my first Bike a thon, can I do it? You bet! I will pedal for every shot she has taken. She didnt have a chance to prepare for T1D, I however have a chance to prepare for ride day. So, lets get going....Together we will make a difference in this world, so one day there will no longer be the threat of T1D. This July In honor of my Meggie, and for the families whom we have met along this path, and in memory of my friend, Andrea Monahan, I will ride the hills of Vermont!
Please support me as I ride for a cure. Every donation will help us get closer to turning Type one into type none!
I will be training hard and fundraising, and your gift today will propel me toward the finish line! Please donate to help JDRF acheive its goal of a world with out Type 1 Diabetes.
Some facts about T1D:
T1D- Occurs when the bodies immune system attacks and destryos certain cells in the pancreas. These cells called Beta cells normally produce insulin, a hormone that helps the body which use it for energy. When beta cells are destryed no insulin can be produced and glucose stays in the blood instead, where it can cause serious damage to all the organs in the body. For this reason, people living with T1D must take insulin either by injection or by a pump to stay alive. This means multiple injections daily, testing their blood glucose by pricking their fingers more then 6 times a day, They must control their blood sugar levels in an attempt to avoid hypoglycemic (low) or hyperglycemic (high) levels which can be life thereatening.
T1D- Strikes both children and adults suddenly and is unrelated to diet and excercise.
T1D- Requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on injected or pump 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.
Please check back to view my fundraising progress as my Ride weekend approaches. I Thank you for your support.
With heartfelt thanks,
Lisa McQuade "Team Megan"
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