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Since February we have been training to ride 100 (very hilly) miles in Nashville, Tennessee. Yes, a century ride - 100 miles - pedaling on a road bike the entire time - all in one day! AND simultaneously raising at least $8,000 $16,000 in donations to make it possible.
"Why?!?!" You ask? Well, call us crazy but we want to do something outrageous to celebrate both turning 30 this year because that means Tom has lived with T1D for half of his life and he has never let it hold him back. That deserves a celebration! Plus, we are intrigued by the physical and mental challenge of an endurance event like this century ride and what better time than now to conquer it, as we turn 30?!
This journey will culminate the weekend of September 19-22 for us and hundreds of other riders at the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes in Nashville, TN! It will take A LOT of hard work, training, time on the bike ("time in the saddle"), blood sugar checks, good nutrition, and more time on the bike, PLUS we also have to meet a fundraising minimum of $4,000 each to participate.
Achieving each new training goal has been so exciting that we thought - why not attempt a new fundraising goal too?! We have decided to double our original goal of $8,000 and raise $16,000 for JDRF! Funding research to cure, treat, and prevent T1D is what it’s all about anyway!
Please consider supporting our goal of 100 miles and $16,000 in the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes through a donation. Perhaps it’s $30 for 30 years, or $60 in honor of both our birthdays, or $100 to commemorate the century ride, or even more! A donation of any amount will help us get closer to meeting our new goal!
As you think of your charitable giving capacity for 2013, think of us - we are literally putting our blood, sweat, and tears on the line and we hope you will support us with a donation! Thank you!
Tom and Janette Shaffer
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