Join me in the fight to cure, better treat, and prevent Type 1 diabetes!
April 3, 2001. It's a day our family won't forget. It was the day our daughter Emma, age 7, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.
November 3, 2001. The day I rode 62 miles in Death Valley and subsequently raised over $6,700.00 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
November 23, 2013. In Tucson, Arizona, Emma and I will be riding 60 miles together for the JDRF. It was Emma's idea to participate this year and as her mom, I was humbled and honored by her request to ride with her.
After twelve years of living with T1D, I'm happy to say Emma made it through childhood and her teenage years safely. There were ups and downs just as with any child, T1D or not. She suffered "only" one seizure, at the age of 14. Too much dancing and too much insulin created the perfect storm at 1:00 in the morning.
When I rode 12 years ago, it was for Emma. Of course I will do the same this year. But there are so many other people I'll be thinking about as well: the families we met through diabetes camp, the young toddlers and babies with T1D, the counselors who gave us so much hope for Emma's future; many nurses and doctors; for the moms and dads with T1D who have children of their own; my cousin with T1D and another cousin whose daughter has T1D; the list is long.
I will be riding for Emma's newest family: the committed volunteers dedicated to providing alert dogs for diabetics. I will be riding for her endocrinologist, a delightful man who went out of his way one evening and gave Emma the first Harry Potter video to watch while she spent the night at Stanford at the age of 8 while participating in her first research study -- and who has developed many studies searching for that elusive cure for almost 40 years. He receives funding directly from the JDRF, as do so many other worthy researchers around the globe.
Please help the JDRF raise the funds necessary to continue their goal towards a world without Type 1 diabetes. Today's research is very promising: closed loop studies (artificial pancreas) have been ongoing in Europe and they are starting now in the United States, including studies at Stanford.
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