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Join me in the fight to cure, better treat and prevent type 1 diabetes!

Me on last year's ride
My wonderful niece, Samantha

    BREAKING NEWS: My husband Doug will be participating in the Ride with me this year! He needs to catch up on fundraising, so please donate to his page instead of mine. His page is here:

    (Note: Regardless of what you check off on the donation page, your name and donation amount will NOT be shown publicly - I turned that feature off.)

    Hello! This year, I'll once again be taking part 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). Last year I rode 73 miles, which was the farthest I'd ever ridden. This year, I plan on doing the full 100-mile course. Here is why I'm doing this:

    My 14-year-old niece Samantha was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when she was 12 (click "2" under the photo to the right to see her picture). I am riding for her, and for all children and adults who have to deal with this disease and all that comes with it - finger pricks, insulin shots, counting every carb, and diabetes-related medical problems. Imagine telling a kid that if they go to a birthday party, or someone offers them a cookie, they have to count carbs and do math, and stick themselves with a needle - and they have to do this every time they eat. It sucks.

    I was truly humbled by how many friends and family members donated to my ride last year. I wish I didn't have to ask again for donations. But T1D isn't cured yet. Samantha (and many many others) still have to deal with it, every moment of their lives. So I have to ask again, and I hope you'll donate - every little bit helps.

    Did you know that:

    • T1D is an autoimmune disease that comes on suddenly and strikes both children and adults at any age
    • T1D has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle
    • Those living with T1D must carefully balance insulin doses with eating and daily activities throughout the day and night
    • Those living with T1D must test their blood sugar by pricking their fingers for blood 6 or more times a day

    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. 

    Thank you for your support!


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    What is this all about?
    The purpose of the JDRF Ride to Cure is (as the name implies) to cure Type 1 Diabetes, and find better treatment options in the meantime. But the Ride has become so much more to me. It is motivation for me to get out and ride - to ride farther (so I can make it 100 miles) and to ride faster (so that I'm not still out there at midnight finishing the ride). It is motivating me to be stronger and fitter. I've always tried to be reasonably fit, but it's kind of interesting, at the age of 40, to now have this motivation to be more fit so that I can ride farther, faster, without huffing and puffing, and because riding my bike is fun, and all that riding will (hopefully) make a more fit rider, etc. etc. Oh, and to cure T1D. I want that too.

    by Cathy Ryan on Mon, Jun 09, 2014 @ 3:16 PM

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