In September of 1997 our oldest son Jake was diagnosed with T1D as he was entering first grade. Our lives changed overnight. We had to carefully watch what Jake ate, check his blood sugars several times a day, give him shots of insulin, and worry about the long term complications of the disease. Would our little six year old someday go blind or have to have an amputation because of diabetes? We couldn’t sit back, we had to do something to help hasten a cure for this terrible disease. So we got involved with the local chapter of JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).
We started by participated in the Walk to Cure Diabetes. We also took part in the Promise Gala. We started a Jake’s Music Festival to use music and a positive atmosphere to raise funds and bring the message of JDRF to a new audience. Then, 15 years ago, a small group of us from West Michigan started our ride team. Since then we have raised over 2.2 million dollars for diabetes research.
The money raised by JDRF has helped immensely. Things like the insulin pump and the continuous glucose monitor exist today because of JDRF donations and advocacy. We feel very proud to be part of an organization that is helping to improve the lives of people with T1D.
By this point you are probably asking; where are you riding this year and where can I send a donation? This year we will be riding in Saratoga Springs, New York on September 14. The town is on the southern edge of the Adirondack Mountains. It looks like we’re in for more climbing on this 100 mile route. Donating is simple. Just follow the handy links on this page. Thank you for helping us turn Type One into Type None.