Welcome to my JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes Page!
I’m taking part in the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes, along with hundreds of riders from around the world, to raise money for JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Diabetes can be a devastating disease and we have a chance to find a cure. One of my best friend's 2 year old son was diagnosed 2 years ago. He is doing well but the parents have to always be vigilante about his sugars to ensure they do not get too high or too low (which can be deadly). I also have a number of brave patients and friends who have spent their whole life battling this disease, watching what they eat, using insulin with every meal, and always having to be aware of their sugars. I met a number of amazing people on last year's ride and learned what other parents have to go through (waking up 2 or 3 times a night to check their child's sugar so it wouldn't get too low) and kids with Type 1 diabetes who rode 100 miles, checking their sugars all the time. Truly amazing people!!
Did you know T1D:
- Strikes both children and adults suddenly and is unrelated to diet and lifestyle.
- Occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. Insulin is essential to turning food into energy.
- Requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on injected insulin.
JDRF is working every day to change this. And every dollar I raise helps them continue to bring life-changing therapies from the lab to the community until a cure is found.
I have been hard at work training and fundraising, and your gift today will propel me toward the finish line. Please donate and help JDRF achieve its goal of a world without T1D.
Please check back to view my fundraising progress as my Ride weekend approaches. Thank you for your support.
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Josh and Sarah Schwiesow
Mr. Michael Chase
Ms. Jennifer Ziouras MD