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I Will Ride to Cure Diabetes But I Need Your Help

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Mom on a recent ride, left. Brother Michael in dorkmode on the right.

When I was 18, my middle brother Michael was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. It wasn’t because of his diet, or his lifestyle, it was a genetic occurrence that was completely out of his hands. Since then, he’s found a way to compete in college lacrosse, graduate with honors and get married. Oh and he’s a tri-dork. Don’t hate him for that though.

Michael’s T1D limits his lifestyle, even though he did nothing wrong, well besides ride triathlons (ok, ok, I’m done). Every year, since Mike was diagnosed, my mom has donated her time and money to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and this year, I plan to help out as well.

About two years ago, I bought my mom a Surly Crosscheck. She wanted to start riding when she saw how much cycling had improved my health and like a good son, I helped out any way I could. The same goes for my brother. I bought him a Bridgestone RB-1 when he expressed an interest in cycling. He rode it every chance he got and ended up selling it to buy a new bike.

Now myself, along with two of the most important people in my life have made a pledge to raise $2,000 for the 100 mile JDRF ride in Burlington, Vermont in July. I’m sure it’ll be easy enough for my brother and I, but it’s a benchmark for my mom, who’s been training for months. I haven’t ridden in Burlington since highschool and I can’t wait to explore the cycling culture there during the trip.

Originally, I had the amount promised to me by an unnamed company but that has fallen through. So here I am, asking you for help. It doesn’t have to be much, but if you or your company or whoever is willing to donate to JDRF, please do so at the link below.

Donate to John Watson here (where it says Donate to John) and I can’t thank you enough for all your support. I’ll be making a hefty donation as well, later on this month. Seriously, I don’t like asking anything from the readers of this site, but I would appreciate any support!

  • http://www.culturecycles.com/ Brian Kleiber

    Good stuff, John! Let us know when you arrive and we’ll have to get a ride in. I’d be more than happy to show you around, too.

  • John Roche

    Awesome! My youngest sister was diagnosed with T1D almost 20 years ago. She’s 25 now and going great. Last weekend I rode 110 miles in the Northern Virginia TdC event, and I am on the organizing committee for a “national” Tour de Cure event that we plan on launching in DC in Sept. 2014 just a block from the White House. Would love if you could make it there to ride! Plus, its soo close to Mr. Bishop in B’more – so why wouldn’t you want to visit?!

  • http://www.digicycle.net/ Tucker

    done, happy riding

  • Ace Carretero

    are you sure that’s not kyle on the left photo?

  • Matt Long

    Done, sister diagnosed 2 years ago. We have no family history. She is 31 years old now and has exercised all her life. It’s been a challenge to say the least.

  • Sean Talkington

    That seat bag isn’t big enough to be Kyle & I also see some hair shadow… @ace

  • Joshua Anderson

    I’m a type 1 diabetic and this is by far one of the coolest things I’ve read about you doing. Big ups to you and your family for doing this.

  • apignatora

    Just came across this. Both my twin daughters have T1D, I’ve always liked you sight (maybe not often enough but I have 2.5 yr olds with diabetes) this cranks it up to 11.