Welcome to my JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes Page!
I'm taking part in the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes because I know that my fundraising efforts will help improve the lives of millions of people living with type 1 diabetes (T1D).
On October 21, 2011 our lives changed forever. On this day our son, Ryan, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D), an autoimmune disease that affects millions of children and adults.
T1D has no cure (YET), nor is it something Ryan will outgrow. Many believe insulin is a cure, but it is not. Each day Ryan struggles to regulate his blood sugar levels by continually balancing insulin with food and exercise. He must test his blood sugar by pricking his finger 6 to 8 times each day lest his levels go dangerously high or low. Aside from the daily challenges of living with T1D, there are many severe life-limiting or life-threatening risks including blindness, kidney failure, stroke, nerve damage, and amputation.
Ryan's diagnosis was devastating and shocking. His mother, Kelly, and I could not talk about it with other people for several months without crying. Today, I still sometimes find it impossible to conceal my emotions. Still we had to begin the daily regimen of disease management and the process of instilling in Ryan the strength and fortitude to not only overcome but to thrive despite his diagnosis.
Standing in the emergency room on October 21, 2011 I made two promises: I would do whatever I could to help Ryan get better, and I would never allow myself to feel so helpless again. I keep those two promises by making Type One diabetes advocacy part of my life's work.
You can make a difference in the life of Ryan and the millions of people living with T1D by making a donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). JDRF is the leading global organization focused on T1D research. It is a 501-(c)(3) nonprofit and your donation is 100% tax-deductible. Donations will assist JDRF in their efforts to improve the lives of every person affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treatments, and prevention of T1D.
With sincere gratitude,
Scott, Kelly, Ryan and Katie