Please Join me in honoring my Dad, in the fight to cure, better treat and prevent type 1 diabetes!
Hello! This year, I'll be riding a 100 mile bike ride in JDRF's Ride to Cure Diabetes, along with hundreds of other riders across the country to improve the lives of all people affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). If you ask people with T1D, they will tell you it is difficult and life threatening. And they know it never goes away.
Most of you know what an amazing man my father was, and what a great relationship we had until his death in January 2010 at the age of 94 plus 11 months. While he was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 65, I believe he was able to successfully manage his disease because of what he witnessed with his best friend Junior. Junior was a type 1 diabetic who was always in need of personal attention because of the radical, unpredictable degradation of his disease. My father was often his "first responder" to get him whatever he needed to stabilize his condition at that moment. It was a very frightening and ugly experience for sure. His young friend passed early in life leaving my father with a vivid impression of the disease. Because my father was able to see the horrible effect of this disease, he was determined not to allow himself to decline in his own disease management. Most victims are not as fortunate as my father.
As a nurse I have personally witnessed the devistating effects of the disease on numerous friends and relatives, the young, adolescent, and the adults. It is an unfair, unrelenting, and drastically life altering disease. It is my sincere hope that my commitment to the JDRF by riding this ride (at the age of 65) in my father's honor, advances the cure and treatment of Type 1 diabetes for all.
I am asking for your support. Please donate what ever amount you can afford to my personal fundraising efforts. By doing so, you can help me make a difference for millions of people living with type 1 diabetes, while honoring Robert T. Cowan, Sr., God Rest his Soul.
Did you know that:
As the leader of the type 1 diabetes community, JDRF unifies global efforts to cure, treat and prevent T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible?
I Thank you in advance for your support! Please share this with anyone who might want to get involved.
To your best success in 2013!
With gratitude and appreciation,
13 days to go!!
Cannot believe it is here!! Just one more week of training and then off to the ride!! I rode 75 yesterday and feel ready to go for it at the 100 in LaCrosse!!
Thanks to everyone who has donated....I have actually gone over the goal set, which just continues to support JDRF and its amazing work to cure TD1.
Next time, the ride will be done....stay tuned for how it went and all the celebrations.
39 Days and Counting!!
Wow! How the weeks are flying by! Next week I will ride with the Michigan group in Holland Michigan for a 75mile or more tune-up for the 100 in LaCrosse Aug 17th!! Can't wait to ride with other people....all my training so far (except one other ride in Grand Rapids) has been alone. 60 miles alone is a longgggg riiiiiide :) Only $460 to go for the $$ goal....please donate if you can....thanks to all who already have!! You ROCK!!
104 Days Remain!! Yikes!!
Now comes the serious riding! I need to ride 120 miles per week, including at least one at 50 - 60 miles, working up to 85 before the 100 mile ride on August 17th!
Please donate if you have not done so, even a few dollars will help greatly in finding the cure for Type 1 Diabetes!
62 Mile Metric Century Completed!!
Wow! I did not think I could to it....but I did!! Against all odds, and with good coaching from JDRF coaches Mike Clark and Ian Joyce_August I did it! Average speed 13.2; last 14 miles against 25 mph headwind...very tough going....but Ride On is my motto...ride on for JDRF!!
March 23, 2013
Delray Beach, FL
Twilight Festival Annual Event
600 plus riders
Rides this week so far!
The weather has been super in Florida, and I have been able to get two rides in so far, one for 20.1 miles, and one for 25.15. I signed up to have a riding coach, which will help me prepare properly, and I am really excited about that!! The Coach gets a Coach!
Stay tuned....first practice ride will be March 23, Metric Century - 62 miles, in Delray Beach, Florida- Save the Sea Turtles.
Bye for now!
Official Sign -Up for 100 Mile JDRF Ride!
Yesterday was an exciting day that I have been preparing for since last May! I officially signed up for the 2013 JDRF Ride to Cure Type 1 Diabetes, in honor of my Dad, who passed away 3 years ago January 14, 2010.
Stay tuned for training updates, photos, and my fund raising progress to meet the $4000 commitment! The ride will occur August 15 - 18, 2013 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.
Please support this worthy cause by contributing what you can and follow me on this new personal life quest to ride 100 Miles before my 66th birthday!
Thanks so much!
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