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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!
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.