Hello friends and family,
I first started creating this page by talking about what an amazing time I had last year training for and participating in the JDRF Ride to Cure. I was going to talk about all the great things I experienced like the amazing friends I made, the places I visited, the sense of accomplishment, as well as some of the harder things like the long, hard training rides, saddle sores (be glad I left that out :)), and the infamous freezing ride in Tucson (yes, Tucson, AZ). But then, I remembered although this event truly changed my life, it's not about me....it's about Brandon.
As I think back over this last year and all the great things this ride has brought, I also think about all the not so great things diabetes has brought us this last year. Over the last year Brandon has pricked his fingers approximately 3,000 times, changed his infusion set approximately 200 times (oftentimes fighting back tears), and battled more highs and lows than we could ever count or keep track of. This year has brought several unexpected trips to the school to change out a bad site, jumping in the car to head to a friends birthday party to change his site that got pulled out on the trampoline, and too many emergency snacks for those lows that sneak up on us. Unfortunately, this has been a very typical year for a kid with T1D, and that's why I ride.
I will ride until we find a cure for this disease. I will fight and pedal with every ounce of strength I have for Brandon and for everyone else who struggles with T1D everyday. Together we will find a cure, and with the support you have shown we will keep making advances in T1D management and ease the burden of living life with T1D for Brandon and the millions of other people living with this disease.
Please consider making a generous donation to JDRF in support of Brandon. It could be your dollar that funds the research we need for a cure.