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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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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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