Today, 1.31.14, marks 25 years that I have been living with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). I remain complication free because of a great support system, access to healthcare, and JDRF efforts to advance treatment while searching for that cure. I was 8 when I was diagnosed, so I don't really mourn my life without diabetes. Truthfully, I don't really remember not having it. The blood tests, insulin therapy, docotrs visits, and calorie counting are a normal way of life for me. I know, though, that children are diagnosed with this disease everyday, though, and this is not their normal. And that makes me want to fight so hard for a cure. I need a world where I, and all the other kids and kids at heart living with T1, begin to see a new normal. One without T1D. And a world where no other kid will ever fear learning what living with T1 means. Little kids should not have to grow up so fast.
Why JDRF? Because they are the leading researcher in the world for preventing, treating and ultimately curing T1D. They are the only organization with a strategic plan to find my cure. And because JDRF has been a part of my life since day one providing support and resources to me and my family. The JDRF Ride to Cure is proof that JDRF remains a tight knit community of mighty fighters. And it's right where I belong. I have been fighting diabetes for a quarter of a century now. And I have seen a lot of significant advancements in T1D care. I know that cure is possible and is coming soon.
This year, to mark my fight with T1D for the past 25 years, I have signed up for the ultimate challenge. I will train and ride 104 miles in Death Valley- the hottest place on earth. And more importantly, I have committed to raising my largest goal yet, $6,000.
Please consider donating to my efforts this year. Your donation will get me miles closer to that cure. Your support, as always, keeps me pedaling. We will be the ones that cure Type One Diabetes.
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