Hey …Welcome to my JDRF Bike Ride to Cure Diabetes Page!
Bottom line….you are looking at this page because I am asking for your HELP!!!
I’m taking part in the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes in Burlington VT this July 25th 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’ll be riding with and for my daughter Eva who was diagnosed with T1D halfway through her freshman year in college.
Nothing really prepared me for that agonizing phone call from her to my office that sunny January afternoon telling me the “news” from halfway across the country. Life hasn’t been the same since.
Here’s some facts about T1D for those who don’t know…
- T1D strikes both children and adults suddenly and is unrelated to diet and lifestyle.
- T1D 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.
- T1D requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on injected insulin in order to stay alive!!!
As a father you always want to be in a position to take care of and help your kids as much as you can as they grow and face their challenges. But with a T1D diagnosis there is, typically, not much it seems you can do for your daughter…besides the usual providing and caring dad stuff.
So in order to “do something more” about this T1D business I’m joining my daughter EVA on this JDRF fundraising bike ride up in Burlington in July.
Why not...besides doing something so constructive, it’s a beautiful place for a ride and the company is guaranteed to be great!
The only real challenge in this is that I’m a fairly casual rider with too many rings on the tree and too much around the middle…so 100 miles is a real stretch for me.
YIKES…100 miles!!!...are you nuts???
My daughter thinks me “foolish and courageous”. Isn’t that nice? (NOW she tells me!!)
This is motivating me (scaring) me onto the stationary bike several days a week starting in February (now) and to the road now tha the snow finally left …so I that I can have a realistic chance of finishing this ride next to my “Iron Lady” little girl.
Well wish me luck, pray for me (if you’re into that, it can’t hurt) but most importantly GIVE ME MONEY
….because if I don’t raise $2,000 JDRF won’t let me ride!!!...and my darling daughter will be very sad and disappointed.
But seriously…the point is that after living with my daughter living with T1D for the past several years I am impressed with the urgency of supporting research critical to improving the lives of those who live with T1D..
For example, JDRF’s efforts in supporting the development of an Artificial Pancreas is reaching important milestones and needs funding to keep this effort going and get this into the hands of folks with T1D as soon as possible. The practical everyday difference this could make in their lives cannot really be understood or felt by those of us with a functional pancreas. All the CONSTANT, CONSTANT, pricking, testing, monitoring, worrying, and aggravation...and too much undetected high sugar that does too much cumulative damage over the years.
According the JDRF, “the artificial pancreas represents the most revolutionary development in diabetes care since the discovery of insulin”. It is encouraging and closing in on being real.
I’ll be riding to give a boost to the remaining research work on this important project and to make this option widely available to those who need it.
Will you help me with this?
Please check back to view how much MONEY all you good folks have provided to the JDRF…
… because I’m begging and daddy and daughter want to do this 100 miles together.
Can you pay me $1 for every one of those 100 miles ? (My butt hurts already!) How about $.50?
THANKS A MILLION…OR A HUNDRED, OR FIFTY, OR WHATEVER!!!