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Join me in turning Type One into Type None!

Practicing my look for crossing the finish line

    Welcome to my JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes Page!  

    Thanks for visiting my personal page to donate or just hear my stoy.  This is my first time participating in a long road ride or raising money for type 1 diabetes (T1D).

    My involvement began about 6 months ago when one of my best friends w/ diabetes asked me to participate in a century ride to raise money for diabetes research.  It sounded like a great idea, but honestly, I was skeptical.  Could we put in the time to complete all the training?  Could we finish a 100+ mile road race?  I had a lot of concerns and wasn't totally convinced this was going to happen.  But the one thing we have done is ride.   And the great thing about riding w/ someone is you talk.  A lot.  You talk not only during the ride, but while planning the routes and when having coffee or drinks after rides.  I have been known to talk about gear/gadgets.  All of this has given me a tiny window into what someone w/ diabetes has to do to manage this disease.  I learned a lot about diabetes throughout my medical training.  But reading about diabetes or seeing kids w/ diabetes in clinic is very different than stopping during a ride or dinner or a concert to check your blood sugar.  I am proud by what my friend has decided to take on with this ride and fundraising.  But I am more impressed by what he appears to seemlessly manage all these years I've known him.  Maybe I just wasn't paying attention.

    Well I'm paying attention now.  And I'm committed to this ride and our fundraising goal.  

    I have three months of training and fundraising left until Tucson.  The rides will continue and I will be updating this site every time I reach a new milestone.   But I could use your help w/ fundraising or some words of support by email/text.  Know that your donations will bring life-changing therapies from the lab to the community until a cure is found.

    UPDATE 11/7/14 - Since this was written, I have completed rides of 50, 60, 70 and 80miles.  I don't know if I have the time or good weather to get in a 90+ mile ride but that's the goal.  Two weeks until Tucson - Can't wait!

    Thank you all for the encouragement and donations.


    Mario Powell 


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