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Join me in the fight to cure, better treat and prevent type 1 diabetes!

Me on last year's ride
My wonderful niece, Samantha

    BREAKING NEWS: My husband Doug will be participating in the Ride with me this year! He needs to catch up on fundraising, so please donate to his page instead of mine. His page is here:

    (Note: Regardless of what you check off on the donation page, your name and donation amount will NOT be shown publicly - I turned that feature off.)

    Hello! This year, I'll once again be taking part in JDRF's Ride to Cure Diabetes, along with hundreds of other riders across the country to improve the lives of all people affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). Last year I rode 73 miles, which was the farthest I'd ever ridden. This year, I plan on doing the full 100-mile course. Here is why I'm doing this:

    My 14-year-old niece Samantha was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when she was 12 (click "2" under the photo to the right to see her picture). I am riding for her, and for all children and adults who have to deal with this disease and all that comes with it - finger pricks, insulin shots, counting every carb, and diabetes-related medical problems. Imagine telling a kid that if they go to a birthday party, or someone offers them a cookie, they have to count carbs and do math, and stick themselves with a needle - and they have to do this every time they eat. It sucks.

    I was truly humbled by how many friends and family members donated to my ride last year. I wish I didn't have to ask again for donations. But T1D isn't cured yet. Samantha (and many many others) still have to deal with it, every moment of their lives. So I have to ask again, and I hope you'll donate - every little bit helps.

    Did you know that:

    • T1D is an autoimmune disease that comes on suddenly and strikes both children and adults at any age
    • T1D has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle
    • Those living with T1D must carefully balance insulin doses with eating and daily activities throughout the day and night
    • Those living with T1D must test their blood sugar by pricking their fingers for blood 6 or more times a day

    As the leader of the type 1 diabetes community, JDRF unifies global efforts to cure, treat and prevent T1D.  JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. 

    Thank you for your support!


    My Blog


    Donation while Riding
    Today I rode to work, wearing my 2013 JDRF jersey. When I got to work and checked email, I saw I had a new donation, which came in WHILE I was on my bike! The donor was an acquaintance from my town, who I had included in my email donation request blitz 2 months ago. I'm guessing my jersey jogged her memory. THANK YOU to everyone who has donated!

    by Cathy Ryan on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 @ 9:34 AM

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    I'm not a fan of running. But I know I have to, to get in better cardio shape. Yesterday I ran 3 miles on a treadmill, in 29:40. I took 2 1-minute walking breaks. Not too bad...

    by Cathy Ryan on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 @ 9:45 AM

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    What is this all about?
    The purpose of the JDRF Ride to Cure is (as the name implies) to cure Type 1 Diabetes, and find better treatment options in the meantime. But the Ride has become so much more to me. It is motivation for me to get out and ride - to ride farther (so I can make it 100 miles) and to ride faster (so that I'm not still out there at midnight finishing the ride). It is motivating me to be stronger and fitter. I've always tried to be reasonably fit, but it's kind of interesting, at the age of 40, to now have this motivation to be more fit so that I can ride farther, faster, without huffing and puffing, and because riding my bike is fun, and all that riding will (hopefully) make a more fit rider, etc. etc. Oh, and to cure T1D. I want that too.

    by Cathy Ryan on Mon, Jun 09, 2014 @ 3:16 PM

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    April Showers Bring... May Showers
    We've had a lot of rain recently. And wind. I think I had the strongest headwind ever last week, while riding home. Wind makes it feel like I'm biking on flat tires through mud. This is yet another reason I'm glad Doug and Ken will be joining me on the ride this year - we can take turns being in the lead, taking the brunt of the wind, making it easier for those behind (if it's windy). This week, I plan on biking on Wednesday - high in the 60's and not much wind! Woo-hoo! Maybe I'll get to wear a short-sleeved jersey for the first time this year! :)

    I can not say this enough - thank you to all who donated. Your generosity, in addition to funding ground-breaking research, is making it possible for Doug and Ken to join me this year. We need to raise more money for 3 people to ride instead of 1, but many people are stepping up to the plate. Thank you times infinity.

    by Cathy Ryan on Mon, May 05, 2014 @ 2:58 PM

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    A Ride with my Sweetie
    Doug and I went for a lovely ride yesterday. It was his first time out this year (after some rainy weekends cancelled earlier attempts). Great weather, great exercise, and hanging out with my sweetie. We did 18+ miles, to Charlotte and back. Charlotte Rd. always kicks my butt, but I didn't have to stop and pause to catch my breath on the way out - I did twice on the way back. Almost none of this route is flat - it's all up and down and up and down.

    by Cathy Ryan on Mon, Apr 21, 2014 @ 10:34 AM

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    Spring has Sprung
    Today I biked to work for the 2nd time this year. The first was last week, on a day when it was right around freezing when I left the house. I wiped out on some ice on a bike path (but luckily no bike or body parts were hurt). This morning was much different. An overnight rainstorm had cleared, the sky was blue, and it was a sunny 45 degrees. Beautiful! I can tell I'm not in as good shape as I was at the end of the biking season last year, but there's still time (104 days until the Ride, to be precise).

    by Cathy Ryan on Fri, Apr 11, 2014 @ 2:17 PM

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    How to get a snowstorm
    Well, I learned how to make a big snowstorm happen - start thinking about spring and bring your bike to the bike shop for a tune up. That's what I did last week, and we got 18 inches of snow. This morning, it was -3F when I left the house. But I'm picking up my bike this afternoon, and may ride to work on Friday. A high of 38 is predicted...

    by Cathy Ryan on Mon, Mar 17, 2014 @ 11:21 AM

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    Spring Training
    Last year, I discovered that in order to have better endurance biking up hills, I need to run once a week in order to get in better cardio shape. It seemed like just biking on hills wasn't getting me in better cardio shape. Spring training has commenced - yesterday I went running at the gym instead of using the elliptical like I normally do.

    by Cathy Ryan on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 @ 10:24 AM

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    Sibling Rivalry
    I've recruited my brother Ken (father of my niece Samantha) to participate in the Burlington ride! I look forward to riding with him, and visiting with his family during ride weekend. You can check out his story here (have a tissue handy):
    But don't donate to him - donate to me! :) This is a battle: who can raise the most?

    by Cathy Ryan on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 @ 8:53 AM

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