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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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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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