We began this year's journey back on January 15th, fully expecting to ride 100 miles in La Crosse. We began this year's journey with the intention of raising awareness for JDRF and reaching a record fundraising goal. We began this year's journey ready to make this the year we find a cure for Type One Diabetes. Then COVID-19 happened. The buzz of the world we once knew, quieted.
We transitioned into a remote lifestyle while event cancellations and postponements abounded. Unfortunately, this year's in-person JDRF Ride was among those lost as a result of COVID. But, we will not let it stop us from reaching our goals. Even with every obstacle 2020 has put in our path, we have not lost sight of what we originally set out to accomplish back on January 15th. And, just as we have in every other facet of our lives, we adapted.
While we might not be riding side by side this year, we are still riding. Many of us have shifted our distance goals well beyond just a 100-miles. Personally, I'll be riding 2,020 miles this year in addition to a full 100-mile ride this fall. Our goal to raise awareness for JDRF and the fight to find a cure remains unchanged. And, we remain committed to our fundraising goals to fund research and treatments for T1D. Even with everything 2020 has thrown at us, we will not back down.
Most days I find myself alone on the trails to maintain social distance, but I feel comforted knowing that you, along with the rest of our friends and family, are supporting me with every pedal. This past week we crossed the halfway mark on mileage and fundraising. We're just under 1,100 miles for the year and just over $3,000 raised including pledges. As fall approaches, it's time to kick it into high gear.
You can count on me crossing the finish line and riding over 2,020 miles this year. But, I need some help to cross the fundraising finish line. Will you help us turn Type One into Type None? Will you support our mission to find a cure for Type One Diabetes? Will you make a donation to this year's fundraiser? No matter if it's $5, $50, or $500+, every dollar raised moves us closer to our goal of finding a cure for T1D.
Gifts can be made online on this page. Or if you'd prefer to send a check, please make it out to "JDRF" and send to our home (message me for address) so I can deliver to the local JDRF office.
Thank you for your continued support of our mission to create a world without Type One Diabetes. Your support, both through words of encouragement and financially, mean so much to me, my family, and all of those impacted by Type One Diabetes. Thank you for joining us in this journey. We appreciate you!
Friends, Family, and Generous Supporters,
As summer begins, it is usually a time filled with festivals and farmers markets, vacations and trips to the lake, and of course, plenty of bike rides culminating with the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes in August.
Much has changed since we began this year's fundraising journey in January. The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on our world and our idea of "normal" has been completely turned upside down.
And while this year's official in-person JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes event has been canceled, the reason why we ride has not. If anything, it has become even more important.
Type One Diabetes doesn't take a break because of a global pandemic. It doesn't let up while we adjust to a new normal and combat the stress that comes with it. It does the exact opposite and becomes an even bigger threat. Type One Diabetes puts those with the disease at even higher risk of complications should they come down with COVID-19.
T1D still exists and continues to impact millions of people around the world, pandemic or not. It's real and it's not time to slow down our efforts towards finding a cure.
So, while there won't be an organized event in August, I'll still be riding. My goal for this year is to still complete a 100 mile ride in honor of those who suffer from T1D, especially my wife, Sarah. And, I've set my fundraising goal at $2,020 to remember what the year 2020 has created, but I am hopeful we blow past this goal so as to say "nothing will stop us from finding a cure for Type One Diabetes". Please consider making a donation to support my ride either online or via check. If sending a check, please make it out to "JDRF" and DM me for address information.
Thank you all so much for your support, both financially and beyond. We understand the financial stress this pandemic has created and are thankful for any gift you are comfortable making. We appreciate you and look forward to the day when we can all get back on the trail together and ride.
To make a gift, visit the link below.
Time to go ALL IN to wipe Type One ALL OUT.
Please consider supporting my team with a financial contribution as we ride 100 miles to raise awareness for JDRF and move closer to finding a CURE for Type One Diabetes