"Having had T1D for nearly 54 years, I’m thankful for the efforts made by JDRF to fund critical research. The end result of these efforts has translated into amazing advancements in T1D treatments and technology that I’ve personally benefitted from through my life. When I was diagnosed, there was virtually nothing to help families manage this complicated and potentially dangerous condition. No home glucose monitoring, insulin pumps or rapid acting insulin. It was primitive and meant the person with T1D was restricted in what they could eat and do. The long-term prognosis wasn’t good either. Today, families can benefit from these advancements, in large part, due to the JDRF mission of improving the lives of those with T1D, and their families. Life today with T1D is better than it was, but it’s still not easy on many levels."
"Because of this, I'm dedicated to giving back to the Diabetes community. As a cyclist, I try to raise awareness and funds, through the ‘iRide’ program, which is a 160+ kilometre bike event at locations around the US. These rides are attended by people from around the world and are a reflection of the dedication this community has to raising awareness, improving treatments and ultimately finding a cure. This year, I will return to Death Valley in October, for my 6th ride, to continue my mission to help turn Type 1 into Type None."