This year I am taking part in the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes in La Crosse, Wisconsin to raise money for JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. I will be riding a 60-mile course that crosses three states as well as the Mississippi River. My personal goal is to raise $3,000 to help JDRF fund research to help improve the lives of more than 3 million people living with T1D.
My daughter Alice is one of those 3 million. Alice was diagnosed with T1D in September 2011 when she was just 19 months old. Every day since then she has had to endure 10 to 15 finger sticks per day along with insulin pump site changes and blood glucose sensor changes. My wife and I do everything we can to keep Alice healthy and happy, but it is a constant struggle. We worry every single night that while asleep, her blood sugar might dip too low, and she might not wake up in the morning. Alice started preschool this year, and we worry that when she has symptoms from low blood sugar her friends or teachers might not realize she needs help. We worry about complications with her health down the road. Despite all of this, Alice smiles and sings (mostly the Frozen soundtrack) through life. She never complains. I am riding to celebrate Alice’s strength and resilience AND to find a cure. She is my inspiration.
But this isn’t just about Alice. An estimated 15,000 children and 15,000 adults are diagnosed with T1D in the United States each year. The goal is to be complication-free every day. To not let the daily burden of T1D overcome Alice and others. There are no breaks from T1D. Ever. Emotionally, financially, and of course physically. But until that day, I ask for your help. I am committed to completing the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes and hope you will support my efforts. You may donate online by clicking on the DONATE button above.
Did you know:
- 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?
- T1D 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 have been hard at work training and fundraising, and your gift today will propel me toward the finish line. Please donate and help JDRF achieve its goal of a world without T1D. On behalf of Alice and the estimated 3 million Americans living with T1D, thank you for your donation. I greatly appreciate your generosity.