You might have recently noticed the appearance of a link to my JDRF Ride Page in the left column of this blog. About that: Many folks who I ride with aren’t aware that I’ve had diabetes for almost 32 years. I’m relatively lucky, compared to many with the disease. My health is very good, and diabetes doesn’t prevent me from doing much at all. Of course, others with diabetes aren’t as fortunate.
During the past few years I’ve been involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation as a board member for the Piedmont Triad Chapter, and as a volunteer in a variety of ways. In terms of providing financial support for diabetes research, the JDRF is second to none. About 85 cents out of every dollar raised by the organization is directed to research.
Last summer a friend told me about his work with the JDRF fundraising rides. He coaches the West Michigan ride team, devotes an enormous amount of time to it, and convinced me that I should give it a go. So I am.
In October I’ll be riding the JDRF Death Valley Ride. I’m planning to do the century ride, 105 miles from Furnace Creek Ranch to Jubilee Pass and back. Leading up to the ride I’ll raise $4,000 for diabetes research – research designed to lead to a cure.
Anyway, that’s the reason for the link. Feel free to follow it, and if you’re inclined, donate. It’s for a good cause.