Riding for Jim
Goodbye Jim, Rest Well Brother.
This marks my fifth year riding in the Tour de Cure. I've met a lot of people with diabetes, touched by diabetes, and who have lost friends and and loved ones to diabetes. May 15th, I lost my brother. He struggled with diabetes for years, saw his health decline and then spent years on dialysis. In the end, he chose to stop dialysis and slipped away.
In past years Jim was my inspiration, and will be into the future. I lost my best friend to diabetes, my Dad had diabetes, several of my siblings have diabetes, and I am a Red Rider myself. This year is different. Now I have lost my brother Jim. I rode to help find a cure, to support outreach, education, and advocacy. But I rode hardest for Jim. He used to wear the Red Rider shirts I brought to him to dialysis, to let others there in treatment know we were out riding for them, looking for that cure, that they were not forgotten. Diabetes is real, it is devastating, and it won't go away without a cure. Jim knew that. I know that. And now it is time to redouble our efforts.
I can't bring Jim back, but together we can raise money for research, treatment, and out reach. We can ride together, work together, donate to help people like Jim, to prevent the loss and devastation diabetes brings. They tell us that at current rate of new diabetes cases, one in three Americans born after 2000 will have diabetes. Nearly 10 percent of americans are diabetic. World wide, there are an estimated 366 million people with diabetes. These are statistics, big numbers that are hard to imagine, hard to come to terms.
Jim is real. He was my oldest brother, and diabetes took him away from us. He touched so many lives and leaves a void that can't be filled. That will be repeated tens, and hundreds, and thousands and millions of times, over and over, until there is a cure. That is not a statistic. It is a fact.
So please donate. Donate for the kids born after 2000, for the hundreds of millions world wide, and the almost one in ten in the US who need a cure. Donate for those you know whose lives are touched by diabetes, for the people you know strugling with diabetes, for Red Riders like myself, who ride our bikes with diabetes to raise money to find a cure. But most of all, donate for Jim. He was a fine husband, father, grandfather, and brother who left us too soon. He needed a cure that isn't there yet.
Help us find one...please. Donate today.
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