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Please Help Find a Cure!

Thank you for visiting my JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes webpage. I hope you will find it informative and interesting, and of course I hope you will support this great cause by making a donation to help find a cure.

Please spread the word! If you got here and want to help, share this site with your family and friends. Send an email with the link to this page http://www2.jdrf.org/goto/ride_for_catherine and let people know. The more people that we can reach out to, and of course the more people who are generous with their support, the faster we can find a cure. 

As many of you will know my daughter Catherine was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes five years ago when she was 11.  As a result naturally I have become very interested in understanding more about this disease and helping to find a cure so that Catherine and millions of young people like her can live full and productive lives.  This year I have decided to combine my passion for biking and my passion for finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes and have hooked up with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).  I'll be taking part in the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes in Burlington Vermont this July. I plan to ride 105 miles and have set a goal of raising more than $4000.00 to help fund research into a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.

To donate on-line click on the Donate to Timothy button on the right hand side of this page.  If you would prefer to donate by check you can send a check made out to JDRF to my home address.

What is Type 1 Diabetes?

Type 1 Diabetes, formally called Juvenile Diabetes, is an endocrine disorder that typically is seen in children and young adults. What causes it is not well understood but for some reason the body's immune system destroys the beta cells of the pancreas, making that person incapable of producing insulin.  Insulin is required by the body to convert blood sugar into energy and so people with Type I diabetes must inject insulin or use an insulin pump for the rest of their lives. Without insulin replacement diabetics will die.  We are fortunate to live in a time when great advances have been made in treating diabetes and controlling blood sugar, with vigilance type 1 diabetics can live healthy and productive lives, but treatment remains quite burdensome and there is the constant worry of complications.  I am incredibly thankful for the progress that has been made so far, if Catherine had been born 90 years ago she would have died, but much more work remains to be done and a cure can be found.

What is the JDRF doing to find a cure?

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is the leading charitable funder of research into type 1 diabetes in the world.  JDRF's mission is to cure type 1 diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has contributed more than $1.6 billion to diabetes research and education including more than $168 million in 2011.

JDRF is a top-rated charity by the BBB, Charity Navigator, AIP, WSJ, and more.  For more about JDRF I encourage you to explore their web site.

Some facts about Type 1 Diabetes.

More than 20,000,000 people have been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes

An estimate in 2008 calculated that Type 1 diabetes costs each diabetic $875/month

Gary Hall jr. (US swimmer) and Steven Redgrave (UK rower) each have 5 Olympic gold medals and Type 1 diabetes

The rate of Type 1 diabetes is increasing at 3% year.  Ironically one theory is that the reason for this increase is that improvements in treatment mean that more women with Type 1 diabetes are able to have children and these children are genetically predisposed to have Type 1 diabetes.

Thanks for your support and please give generously!

Tim

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I did it
One last update for the Blog this year. The ride was a great success I rode the whole distance and felt great. It was a very hot day in Burlington but the ride was really well supported. Mom and Peter and my niece Charlotte were at the rest stop in Vergennes and Catherine was at the rest stop in Charlotte, so I got see each of them twice on the ride which was a real treat. There were more than 200 riders and together we raised $1,000,000.00 for this great cause wow!
Thanks again for all of your support!

by Timothy Allen on Wed, Jul 25, 2012 @ 7:23 AM

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4th of July update
We are very close now. As I write this I have six days left before the big day of the actual ride. The training has gone extremely well and I am feeling super confident. Last weekend I went up to Vermont to visit my family and while I was there I did a 75 mile ride from Grand Isle to Middlebury which included the 50 miles that the JDRF route follows from Burlington to Middlebury so that was a good confidence booster. On the 4th I did a 51 mile ride with the CRW that actually felt easy so in the last week I have ridden more than 150 miles and I'm feeling strong. Now I just have a few short tune up rides to make sure that everything is all set for the 14th.
Thanks for your support together we can find a cure.

by Timothy Allen on Sun, Jul 08, 2012 @ 11:28 AM

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Great Memorial Day Weekend
The weather continues to be terrific, very summer like, so Memorial day weekend was perfect for riding so perfect in fact that I did 155 miles in the five days around Memorial day. 28 Thursday night, 5 with Peter on Friday, 66 with NVP Saturday, and 56 on Memorial Day Monday. The two long rides I targeted hilly rides and it is paying off I'm starting to be stronger on long hills. The only down side has been the pollen which has been just incredible I got back Monday and my gloves and shorts were green they were covered in so much pollen, nasty. The ride is getting closer tomorrow is June but I am feeling very confident.
Thanks for your support

by Timothy Allen on Thu, May 31, 2012 @ 8:52 PM

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Another Good Week
As we approach Memorial Day and the official start of summer the weather has been perfect for riding so I have gotten in some good miles this week. I managed 110 miles in the last week including a really nice very hilly 60 mile ride Saturday with NVP. Someone posted a GPS route of the JDRF ride on the ride with GPS website which is great; I now have a very detailed idea of the route. The cool thing is a lot of it is on roads that I know quite well for example it goes along Spear street and crosses rt. 7 at Falls road which I must have done a hundred times. The bad news is I got a close look at the profile and it is not the "relatively flat ride through the Champlain Valley" that I thought. There are more than 6000 ft. of climbing in the route including the 1.5 mile climb of Green st. in Vergennes, Yikes. This does mean I am rethinking my training plan and I will be focusing more on long hills and less on speed, and I'm also rethinking my goal of 6 hours, I think it is more likely to be seven or seven and a half hours given the hills.
Thanks for your support. Together we can find a cure.

by Timothy Allen on Mon, May 21, 2012 @ 4:24 PM

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Wow we got to our goal.
When I started out it seemed like an impossible goal to raise $1000 let alone $4000, but you guys did it. The amazing thing to me is how many different people have given so generously. As of today 32 different people have made donations ranging from $500 to $11.25. Catherine and I check almost every day and more often than not it seems someone new has joined up with us. You generosity has really been wonderful, thank you so much for your support. This money is truly going to a great cause and with support like this I am confident that we are much closer to finding a cure.
Now I more motivated than ever to get out on the bike so that I don't let you guys down. Went for a great ride last night, did 28 miles with CRW on the Thursday fitness ride which is a ride I have done many many times over the years and it is a good test of current fitness. I am happy to report I am right where I need to be and if I stay on track the ride in Vermont will go great.

by Timothy Allen on Fri, May 18, 2012 @ 11:11 AM

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Only 60 Days to go.
Yikes time seems to fly by. The good news is that training continues to go well. I had a great weekend on Martha's Vineyard two weeks ago with my brother and although we didn't get a lot of riding in the riding we did get in was fun. We did a ride which we started at the Gay Head light house and headed back across the island with a huge tail wind, we were riding faster that the speed limit for stretches which was fun. This week I got in more than 100 miles of riding which is the main goal for this phase of the training. I did a 21 mile mid-week ride and then did two nice rides this weekend in the first summer like weather of the year. Sundays ride was 56 miles and after having ridden 32 miles at a fast pace the day before it turned out to be pretty challenging, but I'm getting stronger.
Thanks for your support. Together we can find a cure

by Timothy Allen on Mon, May 14, 2012 @ 8:08 AM

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Still going strong.
So thanks to all of you I keep getting closer and closer to my goal. As of April 21st I have reached 94% of my goal Yay getting very close! Down to about 85 days to go to but that is still more that 10 weeks which is what I think of as the amount of time necessary to do a good job of training. So I got that going for me.
School vacation week was sort of a lost week because I didn't get any weekday rides in but I got out for a great ride today. I went out with the Charles River wheelmen (http://www.CRW.org) which is the second bike club that I belong to. Did 50 miles in just about exactly 3 hours and felt quite good at the end, sure my legs hurt, but I still had some energy left at the end which I thought was a great sign. The ride was a very scenic ride starting in Lincoln that went right by my house in Acton in fact we has a lunch break in West Acton less than a mile from home which was kind of funny.
Thanks for all of your support. Together we can help find a cure.

by Timothy Allen on Sat, Apr 21, 2012 @ 7:03 PM

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What a difference a week makes!
So in the last week I have ridden more than 100 miles including 38 last Saturday and I am feeling great. The weather has gotten a little warmer so it was easy to get out there and the 90 or so days that I have left feel like plenty of time. Saturday's ride was this great ride that I did with NVP that included a climb up to the top of haystack observatory which is a collection of giant telescopes that is run by MIT. I had never been there before so that was a particularly interesting excursion. I did blow out a tire on the ride but learned how to make an ad hock patch out of a Neutragrain Bar wrapper from one of the people on the ride which was cool. Fund raising continues to go well I reached 88% of my goal. I am still the number one fund raiser for the Vermont ride from the New England Region but I have slipped to third overall. I'm about $100 behind the new number two guy.
Thanks for all of your support. Together we can help find a cure.

by Timothy Allen on Mon, Apr 09, 2012 @ 8:37 PM

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Welcome to my Blog!
I will be trying to use this space to keep everyone up to date on how things are going with the fund raising and with the training.
First let me start by saying how amazed and thrilled I am at how generous everyone is as of March 31st we have raised more than $3000 for this great cause! Catherine and I are checking every day and it's wonderful to see the number going up. The fund raising has been going so well that as of right now I am the top fund raiser for the New England Chapter and second out of all of the riders for the Vermont Ride for a Cure!
On the down side the weather in New England has been awful. After a really mild winter, in which I actually did get out and ride a few times (I actually used my bike more that my snow blower this year for the first time ever) it has turned back to a typically spring. I have started riding though. I got out today for a ride with the Nashoba Valley Peddlers Bike Club and we went for a 25 mile ride (at about 16 MPH so pretty slow) but it was nasty, 40 Degrees and sprinkling.
At this point I feel pretty good, legs are surprisingly strong for the start of the year but, as is typical for the start of the year, 25 miles was plenty and the thought of riding for 100 miles or 6-7 hours is pretty daunting. The key going forward is going to be finding the time to get on my bike at least three times a week and making sure that the long ride on the weekend is getting longer each week . The good news at this point I still have plenty of time to do it. Still enough time to work on building an endurance base.
Thanks for all of your support. Together we can help find a cure.

by Timothy Allen on Sat, Mar 31, 2012 @ 4:08 PM

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