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Riding for : Kristen Leah Mooers

KRISTEN at Wallkill River Nat'l Wildlife Refuge, August 2014

    Hello Family & Dear Friends,

    As you may know, our 19 year old daughter, Kristen was diagnosed as a junior in high school with Type 1 Diabetes.  Two days after she ran with her team in the NJ State Championship Cross Country meet she was rushed to Children's Hospital of Phila. with her blood sugar at a critically high level.  Kristen said to me at CHOP, "I felt so horrible, when I saw the ambulance along the course I just wanted to quit & go to it."  Kristen dug deep... really, really deep and finished that race on one of the toughest courses in NJ despite severe diabetic symptoms.  She is our Champion!  She's my Hero!  God knows that race could've had a devastating outcome.  Kristen is now a sophomore in the nursing program at Richard Stockton College and doing fantastic despite diabetes and all that comes along with it.  No doubt it rears it's ugly head at the most inopportune times but she plugs away.
    Thanks to JDRF an Artificial Pancreas or Beta Cell Encapsulation will some day soon be available to Kristen on the way to a cure for T1D.
    We've done the JDRF Walk for the Cure to raise funds in support of diabetes research but nowadays it is difficult to get four kids in college in four different states together.  I decided last October I could train hard and be ready for a Ride to Cure century ride November 2014, something I could do on my own.  I will be riding 111 miles in Tucson, Arizona November 22nd with the South Jersey JDRF Ride Team.

    I will dig deep with Kristen as my inspiration and finish that course in November.  Insulin is NOT a cure!  Please consider donating in honor of Kristen and all those afflicted with diabetes.
    Much Love,

    Debbie Mooers
    Jim, Rachel, Jessie, Dylan, Kristen, & John

    p.s.  (Aunt Esther was a huge fan of Kristen and donated $50.00 in January for my 50th birthday in honor of Kristen.  RIP Aunt Esther you will be sorely missed!)      




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