Welcome to my El Tour de Tucson - JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes Page!
I successfully completed the 2014 El Tour de Tucson - JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes in 7 hours, 8 minutes, and 46 seconds; a personal best! I rode along with 175 JDRF riders from around the world, and we raised over $750,000 for JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.
I joined up with my nephew Aaron Cook and rode with the Austin, TX chapter. Aaron inspires me as he is an ironman athlete (Zurich) and an all around great guy; he also has Type 1 diabetes and is a positive example to all that one can live a full life with Type 1 diabetes. But it's time for a cure and that's why I participated on the El Tour de Tucson and rode the one-day 104-mile route on November 22nd.
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 trained diligently and actively fundraised, and your gift helped propel me toward the finish line. Please donate and help JDRF achieve its goal of a world without T1D.
Thank you for your support! Ride on!