Dear Friends and Family,
I have chosen to ride with the Indiana Cure Chasers cycling team for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Ride to Cure Type I Diabetes (T1D), a 105 mile bike ride in Death Valley, California on October 19, 2013. I am riding with my friend Sam, in honor of her daughter Bailey.
Bailey is a beautiful 15 year-old young lady. At age 18 months old, she became sick and was diagnosed with T1D. Bailey and others living with T1D face challenges that I take for granted for my family. Having diabetes doesn’t stop Bailey from doing the things she loves. She is an active teenager and plays various sports. However, living with diabetes has made Bailey more mature and responsible beyond her age. She has an insulin pump and must monitor her diet and blood sugar daily.
Diabetes is the number one cause of heart disease, kidney failure, blindness and limb amputation. Although people living with diabetes have insulin, it is not a cure. I am hopeful that with your financial support we will help find a cure. JDRF uses the money that you donate to fund research that supports finding a cure to T1D as well as improving the quality of life for kids and adults living with T1D.
Riding in Death Valley’s rolling hills and mountains will be a challenge for me. However, I am inspired by Bailey and her family and their dedication to help find a cure for T1D. Thank you in advance for your support with this important event that could possibly change the lives of many people. Any amount you could give would be greatly appreciated.
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