This charity ride is important to my family because of how Diabetes has touched our lives. Shortly after my wife Megan and I started dating, her wonderful father, Ron was taken by a sudden heart attack. His passing was an unexpected shock to everyone who knew him. Doctors would attribute his Type I Diabetes to accelerating the blockage.
Despite the disease Ron was able to live a fulfilling and rich life. He was especially fond of the outdoors where he enjoyed fishing and climbing, two pastimes I also enjoy and would give anything to have shared with him. I will always wish that we had more time to get to know one another. From my point of view, during our interactions, I was still trying to prove that I was the right person for his daughter. Given the time, I know that our conversations would have ended up as gear talks, stories of past adventures, and plans for future endeavours.
Now days, when planning a trip, going through all of his hand-me-down gear that I have adopted, I often think of all the adventures that life has denied us, which upsets me. Then I reflect on the fact that I was able to know him at all, and how much he was able to touch my life in this short time. For this experience and the privilege to have married his daughter I am forever grateful.
I will be riding the century course (100 mi) for our family, in memory of Ron, and for other families affected by Diabetes. So please donate what you can to this important cause. We thank you.
From the Tour de Cure:
Chances are, you also know someone who has been affected by diabetes and you already know how important it is to stop this disease. By making a donation on my behalf or by joining my team, you will be helping the Association provide community-based education programs, protect the rights of people with diabetes and fund critical research for a cure.
With your help, we will fight for a future where a parent does not have to hear that their child has diabetes. A future where an adult does not have to face the uncertain times ahead after receiving a diabetes diagnosis. A future where you and I will know that we had a part in making this possible.
I truly appreciate your support. Together we can Stop Diabetes!