First, thank you to the many who supported of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Ride to Cure. A friend and pioneer in the treatment of diabetes used to tell me, "Managing this disease is a numbers game." With that in mind, here are some numbers from last week's 2010 Death Valley Ride to Cure:
1.3 million: Dollars raised to date by participants in JDRF's Death Valley Ride to Cure. This continues to grow.
5 million: Projected dollars raised by all 2010 Rides to Cure.
85 cents: The amount of each dollar that will go toward research into the causes and prevention of Type 1 diabetes.
350: Riders who started the Death Valley Ride to Cure.
15: Age of the top teenaged fundraiser.
25,000: Dollars she raised using only email and Facebook.
104: Number of miles of the complete Ride to Cure route. And, number of miles I rode.
-278 & 1,293: Lowest and highest elevations on the route.
6: Length of the longest climb, in miles.
111: High temperature on Ride day.
24: Estimated number of bottles of water and energy drink I consumed during the ride.
Of course, numbers only tell part of the story. Take a moment to view some of my photos from the Ride.
Again, thank you for your support (and if you wish to make a donation, you can do so here). It's because of you that we're getting closer to a cure.