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Coming this October I’m taking part in the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes out in Death Valley California, along with hundreds of riders from around the world, to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes and JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 Diabetes (T1D) research.
I personally have been affected by Diabetes for the majority of my life through my mother, twin sister and some friends I know who have the disease and who have had to deal with it every single day of their lives since they were diagnosed. My sister found out she had the disease when we were both 6 years old and my mother was diagnosed when she was 26. As a twin brother and a son, there has been nothing harder than to go each and every day watching my mother and my sister be affected and have to deal with this disease and not be able to do anything about it. I have always wished I could take the disease away from them and I have it rather than them, but that’s impossible so instead I will do something that I know I can do and that i know will make a difference. That is fund raising, making people aware of T1D and participating in this 100 mile ride for a cure! Unfortunately this year we found out that our friend’s 9 year old daughter Madison Quandt was just diagnosed and we will be riding in honor of her "Madison’s Mighty Mission".
My father has previously ridden in this ride for JDRF back in 1999 and 2000 for my mom and my sister, in which he was able to successfully complete all 100 miles in both of the rides. I have always wanted to participate and contribute to the fundraising efforts to help find a cure for this disease and now that opportunity has finally come. Me and my father will be participating together along with Madison’s Father David, and we will complete every single mile for Madison and in honor of all of those individuals who have to deal with this disease everyday of their lives.
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 will be hard at work training and fundraising for the next 8 months, and your gift today will propel me toward the finish line and my goal of raising 4000 dollars. 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!
Every Dollar Counts!