As most of you know, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when I was 10 years old and have lived with this chronic disease for 31 years. I started out with 2 shots per day, then 3-4 shots, using a pen needle, and finally with a pump for the last 22 years. Currently, I utilize an insulin pump along with a continuous glucose sensor to monitor my blood sugars and deliver the medicine I need to keep me healthy. My hope has always been and still remains that I will see a cure for this disease in my lifetime... my dream is to live a day without having to think about carbohydrates, checking my sugars, and dosing my insulin.
Two years ago, I set a goal & trained to do RAGBRAI - a 400+ mile bike ride across Iowa. Coordinating my exercise, cycling, meals, snacks and insulin to avoid extreme blood glucose changes was maybe more challenging than the physical changes my body had to endure for this kind of workout! I did make it across Iowa on my bike and have never been in better shape than I was that summer!
My next challengel... I’m taking part in the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes this coming August in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, a 100-mile ride in 1 day to raise money for diabetes. Please consider sponsoring me with your personal donation of $1 per mile, 50 cents per mile, a penny per mile, or whatever monetary contribution you feel you can give to my cause!
Along with hundreds of riders from around the world, I am helping raise money for JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. My goal is to raise $2,000.
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 will be hard at work training, spinnig, cycling 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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