Welcome to Jackson's page for the North Shore Tour de Cure!
I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on December 23, 2016, at the age of 12, and my life was changed forever.
Living with Type 1 requires lots of careful planning, math, and constant focus. I never have a day off, let alone an hour or two, and my previous routine life has become much harder. I have to constantly monitor my blood glucose, count the carbs for everything I eat, and administer insulin throughout the day and overnight. If I fail to do a good job managing my diabetes I put my life at risk. I don’t want to continue to suffer with diabetes and neither do millions of Americans – we need a cure!
With the support of my mom and dad, my friends, and my school, St. Johns Prep, I have been able to return to all of the activities I enjoyed prior to diagnosis, and I have been able to thrive in them. In addition to my favorite activities like sailing, fencing, kayaking, swimming, scuba diving, and hanging out with my friends I decided to take up road biking so I could participate in the Tour de Cure to contribute in a positive way to finding a cure. In June of 2017 I purchased a brand new road bike by borrowing the money from my parents and mowing neighborhood lawns all summer to pay for it. I started with my first ride of 25 miles, leaving the bike shop in Newburyport and riding home to Beverly with my new bike. I have since completed many rides between 20 and 70 miles, and two Tour de Cure's (30 and 63 miles). Last spring I became a competitive mountain biker on the St. Johns Prep Varsity Mountain Biking Team and regularly ride 100-150 per week. While it may seem like it, riding many miles with diabetes is not easy from an exercise or glucose management perspective. I have to constantly measure my blood glucose, and ingest lots of sugar when doing long or hard rides. That's alot for anyone to manage, especially a 15 year old full time student.
For the past two years my small team of seven, Riding on Skittles, has been a top fundraising team in the North Shore Tour de Cure. This year we have decided to join forces with another top fundraising team, Trekking for Tommies. I am excited to sunset Riding on Skittles and join Trekking for Tommies so we can be a larger, stronger, and even more successful in raising money to find a cure! I am now Trekking for Tomies, Trekking for myself, and Trekking for millions of Americans living with diabetes.
Please consider joining Trekking for Tommies, as a rider, runner, or walker and tell us who you are Trekking for!
And please Help Me Reach My Goal!
When you donate:
• You spread awareness of the devastating effects of diabetes
• You advocate for a child discriminated against in school because of diabetes
• You fund life-saving research
• You provide access to community programs and free resources that help those living with diabetes
By participating in the Tour de Cure, I hope to inspire others to join me and raise money to find a cure to diabetes.
Thank you for making a generous donation to this cause that is so important to me and millions of other people.
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