Glenn Jones Tour de Cure Fundraiser for Diabetes
In Honor of JESSIE and ANN ELIZABETH
As a Type II diabetic, I knew it was important for me to lose weight, exercise and eat better. I fell in love with cycling about 2 years ago and it has helped get the pounds off, dramatically improve my sugars and allowed me to stop several medications. I learned early on that one of the big achievements in cycling is the Century, a 100-mile ride, and as soon as I learned about it I set my sites on completing one. My friend Rich Artese introduced me to the TriPower Cycling Club and they helped me train and get ready for the 2017 Tour, which was my first century ride. Through the generosity and support of my friends, family and patients, I was the top fundraiser for the 2017 Tour, raising close to $8,000. This year I am riding on the Sentara Medical Group team and I am excited to see what we can achieve in this first year of the team's existence.
I am raising money to prevent diabetes, to fight the consequences and to improve the lives of all of those affected. I want to find a cure. I ride again in honor of my friends Jessie and Ann Elizabeth, two wonderful young ladies who have been diagnosed with Type I diabetes, a life-altering disease which requires constant glucose monitoring and use of daily insulin. Here are their stories:
Jessie was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes at the age of 8 after her parents became concerned about frequent urination, excessive thirst, belly pain and fatigue and took her to her pediatrician. A 3-day stay at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, VA taught Jessie and her parents how to count carbohydrates, calculate and administer insulin injections and monitor her blood glucose levels. Due to a large support network and the advantages of medical technology that, for her, include an insulin pump and a continuous glucose monitor, Jessie now leads a full life as a normal, active 11-year-old. She plays basketball, swims, rides horses and loves to ride her bike and scooter. While adapting to life with diabetes has been a challenge, it has also helped Jessie develop maturity, responsibility, confidence and an awareness of her physical health that she might not otherwise have at such a young age. Her parents are very proud of her.
Ann Elizabeth was diagnosed in 2010 after her brother Christopher noticed that she didn't look well. Along with the ongoing battle of blood sugar control she has been involved with the JDRF participating in walk-a-thons as well as a local fundraiser, “Grandparents Take Action” started by her grandmother, Emmie. She is looking forward to starting with a closed loop system next year that will hopefully add control while providing some freedom from the day to day battle with blood sugar. She is a senior in high school and is applying to college.
So many people are affected by diabetes and I want to do something about this disease. You can too by donating to the American Diabetes Association on my behalf. It would mean so much to me. Every donation makes such a huge difference. The money we raise for the Association funds critical diabetes research, information programs and advocacy efforts that support the nearly 30 million children and adults in the U.S. with diabetes, as well as the 86 million with pre-diabetes.
I am forever grateful for all of those willing to help, and thank you for supporting me!
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