The Rolling Ball

August 13, 2008

When things start to move they really start to move.

Last week Murray – a really good friend of mine – accepted the challenge to join our team for at least one week of our cycling tour (http://www.bikingforacure.com).

Also in the last week, John and I have been able to get sponsor letters together requesting many of the support services, equipment, vehicles and clothing that we’ll need to complete the trip.

I just learned today that we’ve also got our DonorDrive web site online – http://jdrfca.donordrive.com/event/bikingforacure – which will allow us to start getting the donations rolling in.  The deposit for the walk event hosted by my son’s elementary school was also made, so we’re officially 1% of the way to our goal…if you round up!

Finding a Groove

August 4, 2008

This week I will be moving to my new apartment in Winnipeg, which is about 11km from work.  I do this on my bike and I have altered my route to include a couple of extra kilometre around the river, bringing my round-trip excursion on a daily basis to about 30km.

Combined with a weekend ride of 50km, I will now be doing a good solid 200km+ every week.

I participated in a 100km bike ride last summer and recently received an email saying that it was on again later this year.  Last year I completed the ride (on adrenaline) in about four hours, including stops.  In the year since that trip, and in preparation for my tour with the Biking For a Cure team, I have cycled over 8,000 kms! I should be in much better shape to do this ride.

The Century Bike Ride for Diabetes benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and last year raised over $20,000 with only 40 riders (if you were wondering, I placed 36th).  I will try to find more information as to weather or not I can accept donations online and will post details if I find that to be true.

Haven’t quite got the whole WordPress thing figured out yet (I’m a Blogger convert) so I’m reposting the list here so that my tags are in the tag cloud for each of the items on the list.

Below is the list of things that I am going to start crossing off:

  • PILOT: Get my pilot’s licence
  • GAME: Fly Angie and the kids to Calgary for supper and a Calgary Flames hockey game using that spanky little pilot’s licence I got
  • CLIFF: Rappel down a cliff I have no business being at the top of
  • BIKE: Cycle across Canada – coast to coast
  • TIGGER: With all the Eeyores in the world, I want to teach my kids to live like Tiggers by living like one myself
  • WALL: Visit the Great Wall of China
  • BABY: Hold babies in an orphanage in a third world country
  • FOUR: Convince Angie to have another baby (after this one)
  • COASTER: Ride a really big rollercoaster with all four of my kids
  • SCREAMING WIFE: Convince Angie to ride the same rollercoaster
  • STONE: Sit in the middle of stonehenge
  • DIVE: Cliff jump into a waterfall…again
  • SMARTS: Get a degree majoring in math, physics, or comp sci
  • ARTICLE: Write an article for MSDN magazine
  • ARTICLE: Write an article for MSDN magazine that actually gets published
  • BITS: Teach a group of high school students about computer programming
  • RINGER: Meet Rob Bell
  • BIG ROCK: Visit Uluru – which I always thought was called ‘Air Rock’ lol
  • CURE: See a cure for Juvenile Diabetes
  • STICKS: Design and build a house

Curing Diabetes

July 27, 2008

This is one of the toughest items to knock off my list.

To be clear here, I’m talking about Type 1 Diabetes, the insulin-dependant kind that is a result of having part of your pancreas killed by your immune system. 

I am the father of a Type 1 Diabetic.  My now-six-year-old son was four when he was diagnosed.  Two years – and over 6000 needles later – we parent in a way that we hope will instill in our son a sense of self-belief, a sense that he can manage the disease and live a long, healthy life.

I don’t rightly believe that I, myself, can cure diabetes.  But I believe I can help.

Next year I am embarking on cycling trip that will span 2500 kilometers (about 1550 miles) in 21 days, stopping in schools and visiting service clubs and media along the way.  We’ll be talking about Type 1 Diabetes, what it is like to live with the disease, to raise awareness of the JDRF and to raise $100,000 for research in finding the cure. You can find out more about our quest at http://www.bikingforacure.com

Still, even if we meet all our goals, it won’t necessarily mean that I can stroke this one off.  It may very well be the one that lingers on for five years…a decade…maybe more.

My son is a bright, energetic kid who will make the most of his life.  He already knows to make good with what he’s got – bloom where you’re planted – and he’s got a great support network around him to help him take this thing by the reigns and keep it in control.  He tests his own blood sugar, he’s great at taking needles and I don’t know of any other six year olds that can guestimate carbs per serving quite like he does.

Guess I don’t suppose I think I should…

Still, it’s hard to know that over his head looms the risk of heart disease, organ failure, coma, DKA.  Every time he sighs in his sleep you wake up wondering if his blood sugars are crashing.  I don’t want this for my son.

I don’t want this for my son…and so it’s on my list.