Introducing Kailey Lancello, First-time Rider at the 2018 Ride to Cure Diabetes in Amelia Island

Why are you riding?

I’m a cyclist who fell in love with a type 1 diabetic, and this ride is for him. I hope to soon be in a world where my boyfriend Taylor, his dad, and my cycling buddy Ryan can live every day with confidence, instead of 2 hours at a time. I’m hoping this brings a greater understanding to Type 1 Diabetes and the JDRF—hopefully people will learn more because of this. Also, I love to ride my bike, so it all works out.

How did you learn about the JDRF?

I learned about the JDRF while researching diabetes to better understand what my diabetic loved ones were going through. I figured out about this ride specifically because if there’s a charity, there’s usually a ride to go along with it. I literally Googled “Diabetes Bike Ride” because I thought it’d be a great way to support my boyfriend, and riding 100 miles was already one of my goals for 2018—so naturally, I signed up!

How did you get into cycling?

I met a friend in college who biked to every major league baseball stadium in the country, which totaled over 11,000 miles—amazing, crazy, and inspiring. A couple years later, one of his friends would be doing the same challenge. I thought it’d be a challenge to train to ride with him from Miami to Tampa, so I bought a bike and started preparing for that ride over 2 years ago.

What is your advice for riders looking to join the Race for a Cure next year?

Make sure you train! 100 miles is a long way to go.

Please help Kailey reach her goal!  You can donate to her page here: https://www2.jdrf.org/site/TR?fr_id=7372&pg=personal&px=11979517