Mark Newman recently completed his 3rd annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) “Ride to Cure Diabetes” through the rolling hills of the Barossa Valley. I was able to riase $4,000 which was a fantastic result and it also matched my fundraising effort from last year. JDRF announced over the weekend event that the 2011 event has so far raised $1.04 million which brings the Ride event’s 8 year total to $6.74 million! The JDRF CEO, Mike Wilson, talked about how they have spent this money and also some of the exciting research they are funding at the moment, including the Clinical Trials Network where they are translating research into reality.
Read more here: http://www.jdrf.org.au/type-1-diabetes-research/clinical-trials.
The impact of diabetes on young people was brought home to light to me when Courtney, a 12 year girl, spoke about the impact Type 1 has had on her life. Not having experienced this first hand I was amazed at how significant this disease has on a person’s life and how we take so many things for granted. Courtney attempted the 35 klm ride the next day but got so sick at the half way mark she had to retire and return by the support van. She has significantly raised my awareness levels and made me determined again to go back next year to help find a cure.
From a personal perspective I completed this 80 kilometer ride in 3 hours 40 minutes and I was particularly happy with the hill riding during the second leg of the ride. All in all the ride was great fun especially when I went over the finish line!!