**Thanks to the support of my amazing family & friends, I've reached my fundraising goal!!! Please consider supporting my teammates: Denise Ransome, Emily Barnak, Sarah Royal, Martha Koenig and Colleen Allegretti. Many thanks!**
Welcome to my JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes Page! I’m taking part in the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes, along with hundreds of riders from around the world, to raise money for JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.
JDRF is working every day to change this. And every dollar I raise helps them continue to bring life-changing therapies from the lab to the community until a cure is found.
In the 16+ years since my T1D diagnoses, I have taken over 26,000 insulin injections, and 45,000 finger sticks. It is important to remember that treatment therapies for T1D has come far from the days of sharpening and reusing needles at home for insulin shots and testing blood glucose once a month at a doctors office, thanks to research!
Research has brought insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors (CGM) to the T1D community. The use of the pump saves me over 2,000 insulin shots per year, with a steady and adjustable rate of insulin. The CGM saves me over 3,000 finger sticks per year, while providing 288 glucose readings per day vs the 8 times per day that I was checking my blood sugar. The pump and CGM are so very helpful, but they are not a cure.
I am very excited for JDRF's near and long-term goals; an artificial pancreas with an automated low-glucose prediction model used to suspension insulin delivery while predicting and preventing severe glucose lows; a beta cell encapsulation product, providing insulin independence without the need for chronic immunosuppression; novel therapies that improve eye disease in people with T1D and many more!
I am so grateful for the love and support of my family and friends, and perhaps your family and friends as well. My crew and I have been hard at work training and fundraising, and your gift today will propel us toward the finish line, while also helping me control my glucose levels. Please donate and help JDRF achieve its goal of a world without T1D.
Please check back to view my fundraising progress as my Ride weekend approaches. Thank you for your support. And a special thanks to Denise Ransome, Emily Barnak, Sarah Royal, Martha Koenig and Colleen Allegretti for joining me for the 105 mile ride in Death Valley, CA on October 18, 2014.