This July we will be doing our second 100-mile bike ride in Vermont sponsored by the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). The only difference between this ride and last year's one is that we intend to finish this one, which is why Matt recently went to his first-ever yoga class in an attempt get a little more flexibility and alleviate the cramps that did him in after 70+ miles on the "flatest course in Vermont" (huh? what does that even mean? :) last year.
In all seriousness last year's ride was a life-changing experience for us. The three days we spent there had a direct effect on the treatment for the Type I Diabetes Matt has lived with for nearly 30 years and that has been a part of Linda's life for our 25+ years of marriage. Thanks in great part to the support and encouragement of many new friends we made in Burlington, Matt switched last November from using multiple daily insulin injections to an insulin pump and CGM (continuous glucose monitor) to manage the disease.
Early results of that switch have been promising, both in what it's allowed Matt to do physically and the improved overall control of his blood sugar readings. The ride program is the major fundraiser for JDRF and raises in excess of $5 million a year earmarked towards finding a cure for and improving the treatment of T1D. JDRF research funds have directly contributed to vast improvements in the devices Matt uses everyday to stay alive. With over 25 million Americans (over 8% of the U.S. population) having either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, there's a pretty good chance you know others with the disease as well.
If you would be willing to make a tax-deductible donate to help us reach our fund raising goal, whatever support you can give would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks again to all those who donated last year, and in advance for any support (financial and/or moral, both are needed) you may be willing to give us in 2014!!