Welcome to my JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes Page! This will be my 8th Ride to Cure Diabetes and each year we are closer and closer to fully understanding T1D, its complications and how to control and prevent it.
My daughter, Libby, continues to be my inspiration. She was diagnosed at 6 years old and is now 26, a college graduate with a degree in nursing and mother to a beautiful almost-2-year-old, Gracie Harper. She works in a Progressive Care Unit at a Fort Worth Hospital and gets many patients with diabetic issues and complications. Almost every time Libby goes to work, she is giving back and sharing her knowledge and experiences. She does this while still constantly working to manage her own diabetes at work, at home, while being a mom, while asleep - in short - every minute of the day.
I will be taking part in the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes as a coach again this year at the La Crosse, WI site, along with hundreds of riders from around the country, 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.
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.