Welcome to my JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes Page!
As many of you know, our son Michael (age 17) has Type 1 diabetes. He was diagnosed at age 8 and has been living with the disease for over 9 years. Managing Type 1 diabetes takes commitment and effort on the part of the patient and their parents or loved ones. It requires checking his blood glucose level 8 - 10 times a day. This means that each of his fingers have endured thousands of pin pricks over the years. Since he has the disease 24/7, it takes dedication on a 24/7 basis to effectively manage the disease.
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. I have become active with JDRF and continue to be impressed with the commitment and focus on finding ways to improve the management of this disease, hopefully culminating in a cure.
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.