This year, I'll be taking part in JDRF's Ride to Cure Diabetes, along with hundreds of other riders across the country, to improve the lives of all people affected by Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). Although I am a novice biker, I have been training for 4 months with the goal of completing the 100 mile ride in Tucson AZ on November 22nd. I am riding for my daughter Tori; I am riding for the Altman’s; I am riding for the Portner’s; I am riding for all of the wonderful people that we have met that battle this debilitating and deadly disease each and every day. I am asking for your support.
If you ask people with T1D, they will tell you it is difficult; a constant challenge and life threatening. Tori has been living with T1D for 8 years now, and we fundraise for JDRF because she battles this relentless disease 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Did you know that:
- T1D is an autoimmune disease that comes on suddenly and strikes both children and adults at any age?
- T1D has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle?
- Those living with T1D must carefully balance insulin doses with eating and daily activities throughout the day and night?
- Those living with T1D must inject themselves with insulin over 1,000 times/year
- Those living with T1D must test their blood sugars by either pricking their fingers over 2,000 times/year or using catheters (replacing every week) for continuous glucose monitors.
- Blood sugars levels that are too high cause long term complications; kidney failure, blindness, amputations, heart-attack, and stroke.
- Blood sugar levels too low can kill within an hour, if untreated.
- Currently, there is no cure.
In spite of these challenges, Tori has maintained a positive outlook and enjoys playing volleyball, attending her nursing classes at Endicott College, and hanging out with her friends; just like most girls her age. Unfortunately her life is different; she has to think about this disease before almost every decision that she makes.
Although this can take a toll, there are many reasons to remain optimistic. JDRF is the world’s leading non-profit, non-governmental source of funds being provided for diabetes research. The gold standard in nonprofit is to have the percentage spent on the Mission at 75% or higher. JDRF is consistently above 80%. With the funds you have helped us raise, JDRF was able to provide funding for many corporations working on short term, midterm and long range cures. Two breakthrough JDRF funded projects have made significant progress; the Artificial Pancreas and Beta Cell Encapsulation - human clinical trials began just last month at UCSD with the first human encapsulation implant! Thank you for helping to make this happen!
Tori will not outgrow diabetes and she will remain dependent on insulin for the rest of her life. The only way out is a cure! I am asking for your help, because you can help us fund the cure. While there have been many great advancements in the treatment of T1D, there is still not a cure. Every dollar you donate helps support critical research to improve the management and hopefully a cure for T1D such as the artificial pancreas.
It isn’t easy for us to ask people for money. We know that you already give to other causes, or may have already exhausted your donations for the year, and if that’s the case then we ask that you consider next year. However, if you would consider making a contribution to this cause, no matter how small, it could make all the difference for Tori and millions of other like her turn Type One into Type None. We thank you, in advance, for your prayers and support.
All our love and gratitude,
Marc, Mandy, Madeline, Tori and Olivia