My good friend Steve Drysdall and I are undertaking a mountain bike race in April and May, cycling from Johannesburg to Durban - a total of 900km over 9 days, with a total of 12,000m climbing (the equivalent of going up Everest from sea level – one and a half times!) You can read more here https://www.joberg2c.co.za/ . We’ve been planning this for 3 years, and we figured we’d better get it done while we are still physically capable (particularly Steve)!
Although we’ve paid for the race entry fees and all other costs (travel etc) ourselves, we thought it would be an ideal event for us to also raise money through sponsorship for a worthwhile cause.
My youngest daughter Sophie (16) was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (T1D; also known as “juvenile diabetes”) in 2013, and since then our daily routines include regularly checking blood sugar levels, monitoring carbohydrate intake, and doses of insulin. Sophie has been fantastic about it – it’s not slowed her down at all – she’s now ski coaching and doing all the daft things that 16 year olds get up to.
At the moment, T1D is a lifelong condition – there is no cure. But there are many promising avenues of research, and over the last 20 years the available therapies have improved enormously.
JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) is one of the world’s leading groups committed to researching for a long term cure for T1D, and improving the lives of those who live with T1D along the way.
Thanks very much for your support – hopefully we both make it!!