Fundraising for the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes took a temporary backseat during my Ironman training, but I am now increasing my efforts to raise money for the JDRF through this September's Ride in Whitefish, Montana.
Trivia: Hammer products, such as Hammergel and Perpetuem, particularly useful for athletes with diabetes, happen to be made in Whitefish. At least, that's what the labels say. Yay Hammer! So if you like Hammer, you like the JDRF and want to donate to help cure diabetes? Works for me. Note to Hammer: I will still use your products even if I am cured, so there is no conflict of interest!
Please read my original post to find out why I decided to do the Ride. You can click on the JDRF Ride icons on my blog or go to my JDRF website to donate now.
Ten, or maybe eleven, reasons to donate:
1) The JDRF is one of the highest rated charities out there, looking for ways to potentially help millions of people;
2) Donating is tax-deductable;
3) When you found out a gal with diabetes could finish an Ironman, you decided you ought to at least go for a walk;
4) You are an athlete and appreciate how critical it is to manage blood glucose levels for optimal performance;
5) You have a friend whose 2-year old was just diagnosed;
6) Or, you have a friend who was just diagnosed at age 33 (it happens);
7) You learn that there are many promising avenues for a cure, that it could happen in your lifetime, and you will have played a part;
8) You just don't think a 7-year old should have to give away her Halloween candy (although her 10-year old brother would be glad to take it off her hands);
9) You wonder if your child could develop type 1 and hope that we can figure out what causes it in the first place;
10) You learned that almost everyone with type 1 diabetes develops some signs of diabetic eye disease, and that diabetes is a leading cause of blindness;
11) You sorta like Anne and just want to support her since you know she really really really hates asking for money (and you don't want her to start begging). (Did I mention that I hate asking for money?)