My daughter Lexie’s pancreas stopped producing insulin on April 8, 1997. She was 8 months old. It was the worst day of my life.
As a Type 1 diabetic, her body can’t turn food into energy which impacts nearly every aspect of her life every day. Tens of thousands of finger prick blood tests and insulin injections, constant dietary vigilance, and the specter of the long-term impacts of this monster takes an incredible physical and mental toll. She's as brave as anyone I know, and I'm so incredibly proud of her.
I’m riding my bike across the U.S. to honor her and to help find a cure. There have been tremendous advances in the treatment of Type 1 diabetes, but there’s still no cure. JDRF focuses exclusively on funding life-changing breakthroughs to remove the incredible daily burden of this disease—until it no longer exists.
Our family would be grateful for your donations to JDRF. We’re kicking off our fundraising effort with a $2,000 donation and will match all donations up to another $2,000. Our goal is to raise $20,000 to help stamp out Type 1 Diabetes. Thank you so much for your generosity.
For more details and progress reports on my cross-country journey, please go to www.rwbikeusa.com.