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Our 2012 JDRF Walk Team -- Reid's Jedi Knights!

    Welcome to my JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes Page!

    This November 22nd, I will travel to Tucson, Arizona to ride my bicycle 100 miles in one day, so that I can help raise funds to support JDRF and their work to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). I have set an ambitious goal of raising at least $5000, and I'm asking for your help.

    My family’s world changed forever five years ago, when our son Reid was diagnosed with T1D just a few months before starting kindergarten. After three days in the hospital, we came home to learn how to incorporate all of the daily life changes that a person with T1D must face, such as:
     

    • Checking blood sugar before meals, exercise, and the middle of the night – sometimes Reid has to prick his finger to draw blood 8-10 times per day
       
    • Either taking multiple insulin shots per day, or wearing an insulin pump, 24/7/365
       
    • Living with the constant threat of life-threatening low blood sugar, caused by just a little too much of the same insulin that allows him to function normally
       
    • Having to learn how to count the number of carbohydrates in every single thing he eats, so he knows how much insulin to give himself to counteract the sugar that his body can no longer process on its own


    That dark day five years ago was made bearable by the support we received from our medical team, our friends and family, and the local chapter of JDRF, who provided a “care package” for Reid the very first day we were in the hospital.

    And ever since then, we have worked to raise money for JDRF and the research that they are sponsoring to find a cure for T1D, as well as innovative new therapies such as the artificial pancreas that has been in the news recently.

    For example, this summer a group of teenagers at a camp for T1D were allowed to wear a prototype version of the artificial pancreas at camp, and they were able to experience what every parent would want for their child – a summer camp experience free of worry about managing their diabetes. And even better, this shows the potential for a long, healthy life free from the daily worries of diabetes care and the threat of long-term complications.

    Stories like this demonstrate why my family supports JDRF, and why I hope you can support me as I train for my ride in Tucson.

    Thanks,
    Paul

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