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Cyclists pedal to find diabetes cure

Posted June 10, 2012

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— Heading to New York City and across the country, some local bicyclists are riding extreme distances to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes, also called juvenile diabetes.

Jimmy Dodson has included an insulin pump and glucose monitor as part of his biking gear ever since he was diagnosed with diabetes at age 19.

"When I was diagnosed, we were still in that time frame when everybody said diabetics can't do certain things, so there is a group of Type 1 (diabetes) athletes who all got started basically to prove that mantra wrong," Dotson said.

In two weeks, Dodson and fellow cyclist Andrew Krieman will be part of a group of 24 bicyclists riding 250 miles from New York to Washington, D.C. They want to raise awareness about the disease and money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

The duo rode in a similar event in Death Valley, where it was 102 degrees.

"Right now, there is no cure, so these folks like Jimmy Dodson who I am riding with, they have to give themselves insulin to stay alive," Krieman said.

Diabetes ride Cyclists pedal 250 miles for juvenile diabetes

Approximately 3 million Americans have Type 1 diabetes, and more than 40 children are diagnosed with it each day. According to JDRF, about 1 in 20 people with the disease will die from low blood sugar.

Personal reasons drive Christiane Johnstone, a competitive cyclist and recent North Carolina State University graduate, to even more extreme feats.

His father was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 9, so Johnstone is cycling across America, from Yorktown, Va., to Oregon, in order to raise $75,000 to find a cure.

"I've just seen the stress it puts on a family," he said. "I just think I might as well do my part and help others out."

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  • portabar Jun 11, 3:57 p.m.

    This is great awareness for Diabetes just like the Tour de Cure with almost 600 riders last weekend that raised over $275,000 for American Diabetes Assoc. for research, testing awareness.

  • westernwake1 Jun 11, 3:19 p.m.

    This is good positive press for local bicyclists who are trying to raise awareness about Type 1 diabetes. Great to see!

  • jacamoe Jun 11, 12:52 p.m.

    IbbIot, listen to seagullrdu, this is not the same as Type II people who also take insulin. Type 1 is when your pancreas does not produce insulin and Type 2 ( short version ) is when the pancreas produces insulin , but it does not get into the cells for its intended purpose. I have type 1 diabetes and on an insulin pump as well as a cgm. Educate yourself before posting.

  • seagullrdu Jun 11, 9:42 a.m.

    ibbott.....this is type 1 diabetes, not type 2. two completely different animals. exercise or diet doesn't make my pancreas work.

  • ibbott41 Jun 11, 9:31 a.m.

    The exercise helps to get rid of diabetes. But THERE IS A CURE ALREADY.Please google the information below.

    "simply-raw-reversing-diabetes-in-30-days". there is a very nice video on this and also a book.
    Also PBS had Dr. Mark Hyman as a guest sometime ago and He said the if you follow a special diet you could be cure.
    You are what you eat. and sometimes doctors don't tell you this. I follow the diet for 1 month and got rid of insulin and I am cure

  • dirkdiggler Jun 11, 8:29 a.m.

    Fantastic! May they experience more courteous drivers across the country than they will in NC.