On November 23rd, I am embarking upon a 60 mile bike ride in Tucson to raise money for JDRF.
Many of you may not know the daily struggles of a type 1 diabetic (T1D). Every year, a T1D has to inject themselves with insulin over 1,000 times and test their blood sugars by either pricking their fingers over 2,000 times or using catheters (replacing every week) for continuous glucose monitors. That is the easy part. The challenge is to make sure blood sugars do not go too high or low. Bluntly, too high causes long term complications and too low can kill within an hour if untreated. Currently, there is no cure.
I know this gig as I’ve been an unfortunate member of the T1D club for over 35 years. However, this is not why I’m doing this ride.
I am riding to support two indirect sufferers of T1D:
• The children of T1Ds: I want to make sure children of T1Ds (like my nephews and niece) do not suffer the same fate. Unfortunately, there is a high likelihood they can come down with T1D. If this threat were eliminated, this would be my definition of a cure. I ride for them.
• The parents of young T1Ds: I can't imagine the emotion, stress and strain these parents are put under on a daily basis while caring for a T1D child. I see them at walks, galas, board meetings, and research debriefs bringing passion and resolve to the cause. They do not get the recognition they deserve for all their efforts. I also ride for them.
JDRF has been the leader in T1D research. The amount of research funding alone in 2012 was more than $110 million. Since 1970, the organization has funded over $1.7 billion in research.
I have been actively involved in this incredible volunteer-driven organization since 2004 and I am currently serving as a Committee Member on the International Board. I’m towards the end of my training routine and all of your support contiues to motivate me to complete the 60 mile ride.
Thank you very much for your support of the continued fight to end type 1 diabetes for good.
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Mr. Jeff Plumer