Because of You I Could Ride For a Cure

A little while back, I made a post, asking for your help in raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. All it took was one post and I raised over $2,000 USD for JDRF. I cannot thank you enough for the support.

Then, last Saturday, I spent the day at the JDRF Ride for a Cure in Burlington, Vermont with my mom and my younger brother who has type 1 diabetes, Mike. The morning was cool with a slight breeze and as we rolled into the start of the ride, we quickly saw how large the group would be. Now, I can’t say that I enjoy charity rides but I’ll take any chance I can get to ride with my family.

About 300 participants lined up and set off for a 100 mile ride with 4,500′ of climbing. Now, let me preface this by saying that neither my mom, or my brother have ever done a century, so one with that much climbing was going to be a challenge for both of them. Hell, I don’t think my mom has ever climbed 200′ of elevation before, she lives at the beach!

For most of the ride, it was just my brother and me riding the rolling hills outside Burlington. Check out more narrated photos in the Gallery!

  • Ham Sandwich

    your mom is fine as fuck!

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      I’ll be sure to tell her!

  • Adam Carter

    really great, john. i wish my family would get off of their fat asses and come out and ride with me! very cool that you got to pace with your brother. i hope he stays on the up and up!

  • Ricky Wallace

    awesome dude i have type one diabetes as well and its cool to see people out doing stuff for the cause and seeing other riders out there with diabetes im the only person in my town that i know that rides

  • Brian Cottrell-Thompson

    It’s always nice to use our powers for good causes. Nice work! I try to do two charity rides a year. I need to start a dope bike blog so I can reach my fundraising goals with one post.

  • Chris Freeman

    Your family is lucky to have someone like you who cares for them so much :) (And I’m sure you’re lucky to have them as well)

  • Doug M.

    that’s one tough mama! and brother!

  • Aaron Savona

    Thank you. My 5yo son has T1D.