As many of you know, my daughter (Cate) was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes (T1D) seven years ago at the tender age of 10. Now 15, Cate is managing her disease well with the help of cutting edge technology (Dexcom Continuous Glucose Monitor, Omni Pod insulin pump, and careful monitoring of what she eats and how much she exercises). She is able to ski, swim competitively, mountain bike, rock climb, and excel at school thanks to the amazing tools available to her. These tools were developed over the past decades from research looking for cures and better management of Diabetes. Without these tools, and the underlying organizations that fund this research, Cate’s future would not be as bright as it is. She still has to deal with daily swings in her blood glucose levels that can be life threatening.
As I write this Cate is Finished with her Junior year of high school with straight A's and is shopping for colleges. She has numerous varsity letters under her belt, Mountain Bikeing (crashed last fall and broke her collar bone:-), Swimming (Competed at state on a relay), and who knew they give varsity letters for getting good grades! She was elected CO president of the Winter Park Jr. Ski Patrol for next winter and enjoys helping people who get hurt.
While Cate is flourishing, T1D is a constant drag on her. She has to be very consious of what she eats and how much insulin she takes or she goes dangerously low while exercising or dangerously high after meals. Consider taking a test at school with blood glucose levels that are elevated to three or four times normal resulting in head aches and general Malaise, or having to stop in the middle of a race to avoid passing out and going to the hospital because your BG is heading dangerously low (part of why she crashed in her bike race last fall)! This is what Cate lives with every day on top of the stresses her teenage peers deal with.
20 AlliCATErs rode in the virtual 2021 Tour De Cure last September, and raised roughly $10,000 for the ADA (this is less than half of what we had hoped for). As a family, the Logans have commited to each ride over 1,000 miles again this year and will again ride with the AlliCATErs in the 2022 Virtual Tour De Cure on Monday September 5th (Labor Day) to raise money for research to find ways to better manage Diabetes, and hopefully someday to find a cure for Cate's disease. We greatly appreciate any donations you might wish to make to this cause, or better yet, Please consider joining us on the 2022 ride!
Thank You in advance for giving this cause (research toward a cure for Diabetes and specifically Type One Diabetes) your consideration.
If you are still reading, here are some quick data related to Diabetes:
• Over 34,000,000 (34 MILLION) Americans have Diabetes.
• 88,000,000 more have Pre Diabetes.
• 1,500,000 adult Americans will be diagnosed with Diabetes in 2022 (one every 22 seconds!)
• About 210,000 people younger than 20 years have diabetes (1:400)
• 18,436 youth are diagnosed with Type One Diabetes annually (about every 29 minutes an American child goes to the hospital to learn they have Type One Diabetes)
• The incidence of Type One and of Type Two Diabetes is increasing.