Dear Friends & Family,
Flashback- Happy Father's Day!- June 18, 2002 many lives changed forever
I became involved with JDRF in 2002 when my son Michael, was diagnosed at the age of twelve. Michael is now twenty-six years old. He has so many wonderful friends, a great job, and a promising career ahead of him. In addition, we are so proud that Michael is now working towards his MBA in finance at the University of Chicago. Yes, Michael has a full and exciting life! So to all of your eyes looking in from the outside, Michael lives the very "normal" existence of a young man with the entire world simply at his fingertips.
But what you don't see is Michael's real "normal". Your don't see those same fingertips bear the pokes and stings of needles eight times a day. You don't see that insulin is being pumped through a tube into his body every hour of every single day just to keep him alive. You don't see him changing his pump-set every three days, the glucose tablets in his pocket that he uses when his blood sugar drops, or calculating the amount of carbohydrates he eats at every meal. You don't see the life or death decisions that he has to make, the regular doctor's visits, the pharmacy visits and the supply and insurance issues that have to be dealt with. You don't see that even on the days when Michael' just doesn't feel like dealing with "it" today; he has no choice. There are no vacations. There are no days off. THIS is really what Michael's normal looks like!
So in my continued quest for that little "N" to turn Type One into Type None I am heading to Amelia Island to ride 100 miles (in one day) to help find a cure for T1D and I humbly ask for your support.
Unfortunately this disease is growing in unimaginable numbers, and if you haven't already been personally touched in some way by T1D, the reality is that in a few short years, you will be! Help me help my Michael. Help me help that beautiful freckled-face six year old niece of yours who will be diagnosed next year. Help me help your grand baby, or your neighbor's child, or your co-worker's six month old who has to bear lifelong treatment and regimen and whose life will be cut short by at least two decades. Help me rid the world of T1D and turn Type One into Type None! Help me find that "N"!
Tax Deductible Donations can be made at www.ridetocure.com or checks made payable to JDRF mailed to me at:
3151 Stillhouse Creek Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30339
Lori, Michael, Brian and Stephanie join me in thanking you for your continued support.