I Ride for a Cure for my Daughter
In 2009, I was asked to participate in the Toronto JDRF Ride for Diabetes Research when it was at Nathan Phillip’s Square. It was my first Ride. AGF is a big client of the firm I work at, and we decided to support Judy Goldring by adding a few teams to the Ride. My family is also close friends with the Oliver family who have been supporters of JDRF for many years. I had two connections to type 1 diabetes (T1D), so I was happy to do whatever I could to raise money. Not to mention, the Ride was a lot of fun!
I remember there was a young girl, a JDRF Youth Ambassador, who went up to the microphone and explained how she had to test her blood sugar and give herself multiple needles every day. I remembered thinking, what a challenge that must be for that young girl and her family. My second thought was thankfully we are not in that situation, I just didn’t think I could go through that every day with my daughter. I participated a second year and heard another story which also broke my heart. I kept raising money and was thankful all my children were healthy. Then, in February 2011, out of the blue, my daughter Charlotte was diagnosed with T1D and our lives changed.
I knew about the disease from the Rides and from the Oliver Family, but I just never realized what we would go through. It has been a tough couple of years, but Charlotte is now 14 and a youth ambassador for the JDRF Ride. She helped open the TMX this year to kick off for the Toronto Ride, and we are so proud of her. We are doing everything we can to get to that final goal of a cure. What would it mean to us? It would mean our child would go back to living a normal life. She would not be angry or upset anymore because of the hand she has been dealt. We could go back to worrying about bumps and bruises and a broken heart like parents of a healthy teenager instead of wondering if she will go low in the night and that we won’t wake up, or what might happen when she is walking to school. Or, will the sugar highs someday cause her to be on dialysis or even have a heart attack. We appreciate every person’s effort, and hope and pray that one day we will find a cure.
Mother of Charlotte, T1D since 2009