I want to stop diabetes on the most personal level. I have had type 1 diabetes for nine years and would love nothing more than to not have to deal with the 24x7x365 disease that is such a huge part of my life.
To end the finger pricks, the insulin pump, the continuous glucose monitor, the highs, the lows, the fear of complications and the reality of having a chronic illness.
Yes, please, sign me up.
However, it goes much further than that.
Tomorrow, I am having lunch with one of my coworkers. He also has type 1 and has for much longer than I have.
We are having lunch because he has had some recent problems with managing his diabetes and just wanted to talk to someone else who knows where he is coming from. I want to stop diabetes so I can have lunch with him to talk about baseball or talk about work or talk about anything else!
In July, I again will be volunteering to help check in children and their parents at the American Diabetes Association’s Camp Colorado. Every year about 250 children with diabetes attend this camp. I want to stop diabetes so that kids can just be kids, not kids with diabetes!
How will I stop diabetes? I will continue fundraising as a Red Rider for Tour de Cure. I will take time to educate others and raise awareness. I will volunteer at every opportunity to help the American Diabetes Association.
Together, we will stop diabetes!
Mike is one of the American Diabetes Association’s many world-class volunteers. He holds several volunteer leadership positions, including the national Tour de Cure Red Rider Committee. His efforts provide constant support and motivation to Red Riders around the country.