I've had type 1 diabetes for 35 years. I have friends with the disease. Acquaintances. Colleagues. So, you can say I have a vested interest in wiping out diabetes.
It's a big challenge, and my small contribution is participating in the JDRF Ride to Cure program. I started out with the JDRF Ride to Cure in Death Valley, four years ago. Since then, I've again ridden in Death Valley, as well as in Vermont (cold, rainy Vermont, that is). I've joined the leadership committee for the national program, become a USA Cycling certified coach for my chapter team, and raised money for JDRF. The money we raise goes a long way toward funding innovative research into innovative treatments for type 1, and for research into a cure.
This year, more than 1,000 riders are aiming to raise $5 million for diabetes research. I'm again on board, and will ride in Vermont next month, and at the Tour of Tucson in November. I'd appreciate your support. You can donate online.
Better yet, if you know someone who is affected by diabetes, consider riding with us. You'll get training and fundraising support from your local JDRF chapter, and you'll ride in a fantastic event. When I started, someone told me the Rides to Cure are life-changing events. That's so true, and it's why I continue to ride.