Type One to Type NONE!

November 5, 2016

 

This past weekend I got to experience my first Ride to Cure with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The culminating ride of the 2016 season for the Georgia team, we cycled 104 miles along the A1A Highway and the Atlantic Coast in Amelia Island. It was a picture perfect day- just thinking about it makes me smile.

 

Each season JDRF hosts a handful of rides in beautiful places, and this year Amelia Island, new to the list of locations, hosted this the biggest JDRF ride to date with over 700 riders from over 50 chapters. In addition to this ride being the biggest, there were whispers that perhaps it was one of the best. Agreed.

 

I think its safe to say that each rider who participated in this event has been training for months…at least a few months! In addition to countless hours on the bike, hours of time have been spent on fundraising efforts in order to meet the lofty goals that were set for riders at the onset of the season. Come ride day each rider there had raised a minimum of $2,000 dollars to be put directly towards research efforts to ultimately help find a cure. To be a part of something so huge was exciting, invigorating, and inspiring to say the least.

 

At the pre-ride dinner on Friday night they shared a few stats with us that I found to be pretty incredible. While you likely won’t be surrounded by 700 fired up cyclists who are all dedicated to JDRF like I was when you hear them, I can’t help but think you will share in my excitement when you hear them.

 

  • Of the 700 riders, approximately 150 of them, like myself, live with Type 1 diabetes

  • Of the 700 new friends, 66 of them were from the Georgia chapter

  • This ride alone has raised just shy of 3 million dollars!

  • Of the 3 million dollars raised, our chapter raised over $230,000 which helped us exceed our goal!

 

I knew going into this event that is was going to be special, but I had no idea to what extent. It was three days of connecting with T1D folks from chapters around the country (shout out to West Chesapeake chapter and to the Sharks of Palm Beach!), collaborating on fundraising strategies and ways to make a bigger impact, and best of all celebrating all the incredible work that is happening with JDRF.

 

It’s always bittersweet when something you have been looking forward to for so long comes and goes. It has been such a treat getting to know our team, spending hours in the saddle with new friends, and knowing that my family is one of many who are passionate about JDRF. Call me crazy, but I am already looking forward to the JDRF Colorado ride in 2017…join me!  

 

 

 

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It’s always bittersweet when something you have been looking forward to for so long comes and goes. It has been such a treat getting to know our team, spending hours in the saddle with new friends, and knowing that my family is one of many who are passionate about JDRF. Call me crazy, but I am already looking forward to the JDRF Colorado ride in 2017…join me!  

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Sarah is the co-director of team Bristow, a passionate educator and mentor, and an advocate for a healthy lifestyle. Just like the rest of us, she seeks to grow every day.

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