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2014 Ride to Cure Diabetes: Join me in turning Type One into Type None!

Matthew in Training
The "3Coffeys, No Sugar"!

    Hi, I’m Matthew Coffey.  I was diagnosed at age 5 with type 1 diabetes (T1D).  I’m currently 13.  My sisters, Emily (age 15) and Sarah (age 19) also live with T1D.  Our family has been raising money for a cure for many years with the Ron Santo Walk to Cure Diabetes.  I hate diabetes and just want to live a normal life without worrying about what to eat, having to check my blood sugar all the time and deal with changing insulin pump sites on my body.

    Last Christmas I got a bicycle. The next day I started riding on the bike trail with my dad when it was 34 degrees outside!  My dad and I decided to do the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes in LaCrosse, Wisconsin on August 16th.  We signed up and started practicing.  My current goal is the 30 mile course.  

    In the winter my dad and I did some 5 mile country rides.  Once we rode in falling snow!  In the spring we started doing 10 mile rides in the city, on the trail and in the country. We have done a few rides with our JDRF cycling team.  I am the only teenager on the team, but two adults also have T1D.  We have to stop to check our blood sugars and wait when one of us is recovering from a “low”.  My longest ride has been 22.5 miles.  I did that ride with my dad and my coach, Joshua, in Bloomington.   I wanted to be done at 13 miles because I was hot and tired, but Joshua encouraged me to keep going.  I made it to 22.5, and I’m proud of myself!  I have more weeks to train, so I know that I will get stronger and have no problem completing the 30 miles.  

    Please support me and all the other people living with T1D by giving a generous donation to JDRF.  My goal is to raise $3,000.  This is a huge amount of money, but JDRF will use the money to keep scientists working for a cure.  My dad and I volunteered at a JDRF event in Chicago a few weeks ago and learned that several recent discoveries are going into human trials this year thanks to JDRF funding!  I can’t wait to get rid of this disease and be able to ride my bike without the worry and hassle of T1D.

    Thank you for your support!

    Matthew Coffey  


    Quick Facts - 

    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.


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