JDRF Ride Experience

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Why did you choose to ride for JDRF?

In my 20 years as a type 1 diabetic I have never thought there was anything I could not do because of my T1, but I also never thought riding my bike for hours was something I could do. It was something that never crossed my mind until the day I signed up. I wanted to support JDRF.

What is a JDRF Ride Weekend like?

Arriving to my ride destination in beautiful Lake Tahoe, I was quickly embraced by everyone there for the JDRF Ride as I wore my “First Time Rider” badge proudly around my neck. Each dinner, breakfast, meeting, seminar I attended before the Ride was incredible as I made new friends at each event, each being impacted by type 1 diabetes in some way. The day of the ride came and every few minutes, as I rode around stunning Lake Tahoe, a JDRF rider would shout out in support as they passed or held signs along the side of the road. I crossed the finish line with tears streaming down my face and was quickly embraced by JDRF riders, supporters, and staff.

Will you ride for JDRF again?

I signed up as soon as I could for 2015 Ride because this is simply the best community of people I have ever been a part of and it is a constant support system for all of us impacted by type 1.

Written by Laura Glover

Click here for more information about the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes.

For questions, please contact Sarah Heath at 503-643-1995 or sheath@jdrf.org