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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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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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