The larger part of this ride journey has focused on fundraising and physical training. Both are vital. But along with those key elements lies awareness. We fundraise and promote JDRF’s Ride to Cure Diabetes for research, but to give financially, people must understand what it is they are supporting. Type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes are vastly different and require different treatment plans. Both affect a person’s pancreas, but the similarities beyond that are few. We share a title, but there’s a difference between the two as well as other forms of diabetes. As an advocate, part of what I do is educate the public on diabetes, both type 1 and type 2, and the role of type 1 diabetes in my life.
The more educated people become, the better chance we have to erase hate, judgment and misconceptions. I am thankful to have local media outlets who support diabetes awareness. If you have the opportunity, you can read about the ride from Huntsville media through the links below.
At the top of this website, you’ll see a tab titled “Resources” which includes multiple links to various organizations focusing on diabetes. If you’re not familiar with diabetes, take a few minutes and learn more. Thanks again to the local media outlets for helping advocate!