WHAT!?!?!?! Wait, Connor, you want to RIDE A BIKE 100 miles? Good luck. Oh, and you need me to ride with you. You realize I am pretty much a couch surfer, right? This was my initial reaction when my son said he was going to ride in the JDRF Ride to cure diabetes. I thought, I CANNOT ride a bike across town, never mind 100 miles. I am way over 40, over weight and well, lazy. Then, I stopped for a minute and thought of all the crap he does every day. EVERY SINGLE MINUTE OF EVERY SINGLE DAY, to manage his diabetes. Whether or not he wants to. Whether or not he feels lazy. Whether or not he has other things planned. It was in that moment (and maybe with a glass of wine) that I decided I would ride with him.
So, the trek began. I followed my son out for our first around the town ride. Me, panting, sweating and almost fainting, while he rode in circles around me jabbering up a storm about how awesome it would be. Well, a new bike and many miles of road behind me, I find he was right, it is awesome. Great enough, in fact, that my sister, my boyfriend and my coworker have decided to ride with us.
Are there days I do not want to ride? YEP, lots. Can training suck when its so cold out you are doing a spin class, you betcha. But, I refuse to quit. A friend shared a motivating story with me. Telling me of a similar situation where she just wanted to quit and was pretty much reminded that our T1's do no get to quit. On days that are tiring. On days that just suck, they need to keep going. Keep sticking their fingers, giving themselves insulin and counting carbs. And this, this gives me my inspiration to keep going. Because if my son can fight this T1 battle every minute of every day, I can ride my bike. (seems pretty shallow in comparison, I know).
NOW, I ask for your help! I can ride all day long but I need supporters. I need donations to make this ride a success. We need millions of dollars to fund the research that will bring a simpler life to my amazing T1 kiddo and millions of others. We need a cure. SO, please, if you can, donate to our ride team, share our fundraising page, come out and support us on the day of the ride. Help me provide a safe, diabetes free world for my son
Not so fun facts about T1D
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.
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Ms. Jill A Folsom