Our Family Ride Team

Our family has participated in the Ride to Cure Diabetes since 2002. In 2015 Dad (Charlie) was awarded the Promise Jersey at the La Crosse Ride. In 2016 Melissa was awarded the Spirit Jersey at the Amelia Island Ride, and in the Spring of 2017 Chad was selected by JDRF International as a T1D Champion.

Find out more about each of our family ride team members below.

Melissa , Chad and Dad will be riding at La Crosse Wi in August and also at Saratoga Springs NY in September.


Chad has been an avid biker since he was just a little guy. He has raced BMX, mountain bikes (downhill, dual slalom, and cross country). Recently he converted to Single Speed Mountain Biking. When not dodging rocks and trees in the woods - he is in training for the Ride to Cure Diabetes. Chad (a type 1 rider) completed the Death Valley Ride to Cure Diabetes 10 times as well rides in Killing Vt, Tucson Az, LaCrosse Wi, Burlington and Amelia Island; for a total of 15 Rides. He was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes in 1974.

In early 2017, he was selected by JDRF International as a T1D Champion. Read the online article here

He is also a member of Bike Brothers Bike Shop Racing Team.

Please Support Chad's Ride


Melissa volunteered at the top of Jubilee Pass which is the turnaround point for the 2010 DV Ride to Cure Diabetes. In 2011 she participated as a rider in Death Valley and since then has completed 6 Rides at four locations; Death Valley, Tucson, La Crosse and Amelia Island Fl.

At the 2016 Amelia Island Ride. Melissa was selected to receive the JDRF Spirit Jersey for exemplifying the "Spirit" of the ride. She also serves on the Hudson Valley JDRF One Walk committee.

Please Support Melissa's Ride

Mom (Donna)

Donna is a co-founder of Ulster County JDF (1975). In addition to being on the Hudson Valley JDRF ONE WALK committee she has been an ardent supporter of the ride since the days when the team was just known as "Chad and Dad".

She has been volunteering at JDRF Rides for 8 years by providing support at checkpoints in Death Valley as well as at, La Crosse, Tucson and Amelia Island. Volunteers at checkpoints provide assistance with nutrition and first aid while dealing with extreme weather conditions. She has been knitting her fingers to the bone creating scarves to be sold at events such as our Pancake Breakfasts Fundraisers... where by the way she is flipping pancakes to feed the throngs of hungry JDRF supporters who arrive to support our efforts.

Dad (Charlie)

Dad converted to cycling in 2002 to ride with Chad as "Team Chad and Dad" at Death Valley. He fell in love with the event and the passion of that all the riders have for this cause. Like Chad, he has completed 15 rides; including the Death Valley Ride to Cure Diabetes 10 times as well rides in Killington Vt, Tucson Az, LaCrosse Wi, Burlington Vt and Amelia Island Florida. At the 2015 La Crosse Ride, he was honored by being given the event's "Promise" Jersey.

In 2016, he became a certified USAC Cycling Coach supporting training rides and assisting riders the day of the events. His coaching license has been renewed for 2017 and he will serve as a JDRF Ride coach for a second year.

This year, Charlie will be completing his 16th and 17th Rides at La Crosse Wi and Saratoga Springs.





JDRF in the Hudson Valley

JDRF was born in the Hudson Valley in 1975 by the creation of the first JDF chapter in New York north of New York City. Ulster County JDF (as it was known then) was the 34th chapter to be chartered. The formation of the chapter resulted because Carol Lurie (who would eventually become President of the International JDRF) came to the home of Charlie and Donna Lawrence to accept a $500 donation from Beta Sigma Phi. The rest is history. Ulster County JDF is no more... as an organization. But the volunteers who struggled to create and grown that original chapter continue to be involved in the Hudson Valley as part of the Westchester/Fairfield/Hudson Valley Chapter.

Beta Sigma Phi

Beta Sigma Phi donated $500 to JDF in 1975. This sparked the creation of Ulster County JDF. Beta Sigma Phi and it's members continue to support the fund raising efforts of the Hudson Valley Chapter. .

A JDF Chapter is born

The Ulster County Chapter [of what was then known as JDF] was co-founded in 1975 by Donna and Charlie Lawrence. A meeting was held at the home of Charlie and Donna to create a Board of Directors and to apply to become a JDF chapter. In addition to Donna and Charlie, the other original board members included Dolores Leonard, Darlene Martin. All of the original board members are still active JDRF volunteers and supporters.

$5000 in First Year

In our first year as a chapter, we were able to raise $5,000. Remember that is in 1975 dollars. From this humble beginning, our volunteers learned how to raise as much as $100,000 in single walk-a-thon or gala.











We have fundraisers almost year round to support the ride to cure diabetes. Thanks to the support of folks like you, our family has been able to raise over $165,000 through the Ride to Cure Diabetes.




More Fund Raisers to Come

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More Fund Raisers to Come

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As a family - as JDRF Volunteers - we have been supporting JDRF Research seeking a cure. Until that cure arrives, we also need to prevent and treat complications. The following references to JDRF research programs are provided as a way of encouraging you to review and understand what JDRF is "working on".

The content provided in this section was extracted as a summary from the JDRF site (JDRF.org).


Imagine a future where people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) won’t need to take insulin for months, possibly years, at a time thanks to a small implant.

Find out more about this exciting field of research at JDRF RESEARCH.

Glucose Control

Imagine a future where, thanks to improved insulin formulations and other drugs, staying within ideal blood-glucose range is no longer a struggle.

Find out more about this exciting field of research at JDRF RESEARCH.

Artificial Pancreas

Imagine a future where tight glucose control is maintained automatically and with ease.

Find out more about this exciting field of research at JDRF RESEARCH.








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Email: letscurediabetes@hvc.rr.com


Commemorating the founding of Ulster County JDF