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.
I am not personally affected by this disease but over the past several years I have become very aware of the life-changing affects and complications Type 1 diabetes has on a person's life. I'll never forget the day my daughter came home from school and told me one of her best friends was diagnosed. That day changed her and the lives of her family forever.
I didn't understand at the time that Type 1 diabetes strikes both children and adults suddenly and is unrelated to diet and lifestyle. It requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on injected insulin. But insulin is not a cure, and it does not prevent the possibility of serious complications like kidney failure, blindness, and stroke.
I've had the privelage of coaching Megan in volleyball and have seen her "crash" more times than I'd like to remember, needing to be pulled out of games to check her blood sugar and quickly find the proper fuel to recover. One of my dear freinds was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a young child and in the past 16 years has had her finger pricked more than 30,000 times to check her blood sugar and she’s received well over 17,000 insulin injections.
Thank you for your support and love!
Very truly yours,
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