When I was 12 years old did a bicentennial ride across North Dakota that benefited the American Lung Association. The money that I raised by going door to door benefited and provided medical research that has made life easier for people living with Asthma and other related lung diseases. Back then, I had a personal connection that prompted me to raise money for this organization. My older sister was born with severe Asthma and Allergies and through her life she was unable to play outside consistently and always had to be careful about allergens in foods. She was in and out of the hospital due to COPD issues and had to carry an inhaler with her 24/7. Sadly, in 1996 she died of a peanut allergy.
Much like Asthma, Type-1 Diabetes can be very debilitating. Questions and concerns often arise. What is my blood sugar? When should I take my insulin? Outdoor activates and playtime with friends can often times be derailed due to your diagnosis and can leave people feeling left out.
I ride for JDRF for a number of reasons. I ride for my friends and colleagues that live with T1D. I ride knowing that the money that I raise will provide resources for people that are affected by T1D. I also ride knowing that one day; there will be a world without Type-1.
This year, I will be riding in Death Valley, CA with hundreds of riders from around the world, to raise money for JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Every dollar I raise helps JDRF continue to bring life-changing therapies from the lab to the community until a cure is found.
There is a child in all of us and the 12 year old me still exists. Please join me and donate and help JDRF achieve its goal of a world without T1D.
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.
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Mr. Aric Hareland