Welcome to my JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes Page!
I’m taking part in the JDRF Death Valley Ride to Cure Diabetes on Oct 18th, 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 was on my way to being a type 2 diabetic until I changed my lifestyle by riding my bicycle and losing 60lbs. I had a choice but my friends grandson, Charlie didn’t have that choice.
Charlie was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on April 1, 2009 when he was just 10 months old. Charlie’s family have come a long way the past 4.5 years, but it is still a terrible disease for anyone to live with - especially a little guy like Charlie.
However, Charlie amazes us everyday! As a reminder...
- Charlie must have insulin to live, so he wears a pump that delivers insulin to him 24 hours a day. The pump only comes off for baths. He has to wear it all day and when he sleeps. The insulin is delivered through a port in his backside, which we change out every 3 days (with a needle).
- In order to know what Charlie's blood sugar is, we have to prick his fingers 8-10 times a day. That means Charlie's fingers have been pricked over 15,000 times since he was diagnosed. Yes - you read that correctly! THOUSANDS. His fingers are calloused, and you can actually see the holes where we have drawn blood over and over.
- Charlie must receive extra insulin for EVERY carbohydrate he eats. So, we count carbs. We have become experts at counting carbs! Every meal he eats (at home or at a restaurant) we have to count the number of carbs we think he is going to consume, and give him a corresponding amount of insulin. The tricky part is that this should be done BEFORE he eats.
Diabetes is with us - all day - every day...and all night.
We want a CURE! We want Charlie to live a life WITHOUT diabetes. We want him to play and run, without wondering if his blood sugar is going to plummet. We want him to go through a day without finger pricks and site changes, and being poked and prodded. We want him to be able to eat and drink to his heart's content without worrying if every carb is accounted for.
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.
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.
I have been hard at work training and fundraising, and your gift today will propel me toward the finish line. 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.
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Brian, Jordan, Charlie & Tommy Amis
Mr. Kent Kuddes