Dear Friends and Family,
Years ago, when our children were in elementary school our friends’ son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. We remember how scary and life changing it was for our friends, as parents, and especially their son. It is the reason our friend (the dad) John Jasker started participating in the JDRF Ride for the Cure. He has been riding for 17 years and has never lost hope to find the cure for his son.
We have been inspired by his training, commitment and passion for cycling to raise the funds to find the cure. We were intrigued and asked to ride on some training rides with him and his wife, Janet. We became addicted to cycling and enjoyed spending the time with them and learning more about why he rides.
In 2018, I joined John for his first JDRF Ride in LaCrosse, WI and was moved to tears and committed even more to help find the cure. I rode again in 2019 and then Covid canceled the 2020 and 2021 rides. But that didn’t stop me. I arranged for a JDRF My Ride to honor John and invited all our mutual friends to ride along with us. That was Wendy's first metric century ride (62 miles). Covid would not stop us from raising funds to find the cure.
In 2020, the ride hit closer to home for us. Our longtime (45 years!) employee’s grandson, Decatur, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 3! We need to find a cure for this disease!
Type 1 diabetes is a serious autoimmune disease that impacts millions of people and cannot be prevented or cured – yet. To manage their T1D, people regularly monitor their blood-sugar level, inject or infuse insulin through a pump, and carefully balance those doses with eating and daily activities to prevent uncomfortable, and even dangerous, side effects. Every single day.
Here we are in 2022 and Wendy has decided to join me in riding for the cure. We’ve signed up for the JDRF ride in Tucson, Arizona to be held on November 19. We are excited to ride in the desert and for this important cause.
We will ride for Decatur. In his short 5 years he is learning to live with this disease. We will endure the 100-mile ride thinking about what Decatur must deal with Every Single Day.
We will ride to raise important funds for T1D research. JDRF is leading the fight against T1D by funding research, advocating for policies that accelerate access to new therapies, and providing a support network for millions of people around the world impacted by T1D. But they can’t do it without our support.
Our goal is to raise $6000 as a couple. We both ask for your support.
And we think we have 100 friends that would support us with $60 each. That’s all we need. 100 friends x $60 = $6000.
However, your support is important to us and greatly appreciated so please donate what you can, and together we’ll Turn Type One into Type None!
You can donate to either of our pages. Go to www.ride.jdrf.org, type Wendy’s or my name under ‘donate to support a rider’ and follow the prompts from there.
Thank you again!
Kevin and Wendy Rebhan
P.S. Did you know that healthcare costs an average of $9,000 per year for people living with type 1 diabetes? That’s 3 times higher than for people without the disease. Living with T1D isn’t easy, including financially, and that’s why JDRF is working every day to eliminate this disease and all the burdens that go along with it. By donating to our JDRF Ride, you’re supporting research and advocacy efforts to help reduce the burden for everyone living with T1D, until there is a cure.