Our Family Ride Team

Our family has participated in the Ride to Cure Diabetes since 2002. This year, we will be participating in two "Rides" by sending two riders and one volunteer to the Burlington Vt Ride in July and three riders and one volunteer to the Amelia Island Fl Ride in October. One of our riders just became a certified USAC Cycling Coach in order to provide support during training and during the events. Find out more about each of our family ride team members below.

Chad

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, and LaCrosse Wi. This year he is preparing for his 14th Ride in Burlingon Vt (July) and his 15th Ride in Amelia Island Fl (October). He was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes in 1974.

Please Support Chad's Ride

Melissa

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 5 Rides at three locations; Death Valley, Tucson and La Crosse. This year she is training for her 6th Ride at Amelia Island Fl (October). She also serves on the Hudson Valley JDRF One Walk.

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 7 years and has been knitting her fingers to the bone creating scarves to be sold at events such as the JDRF Ride Breakfast 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 the Death Valley Ride to Cure Diabetes 10 times as well rides in Killing Vt, Tucson Az, and LaCrosse Wi. At the 2015 La Crosse Ride Charlie was honored by being given the event's "Promise" Jersey. This year he has become a certified USAC Cycling Coach and joins the ranks of riders who serve as event coaches. This year he is preparing for his 14th Ride in Burlingon Vt (July) and his 15th Ride in Amelia Island Fl (October).

Please Support Dad's Ride

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EVENTS

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 $134,000 through the Ride to Cure Diabetes.

99 Restaurant

Join us at the 99 Restaurant
532 Massa Drive,
Kingston, NY
Wed Nite July 20th
From 4 - 10 pm
Print this Coupon
and bring it with you
15 % of your tab will be
donated to JDRF
(restrictions apply)
Print this Coupon

 

 

 

More Fund Raisers to Come


Check back often for updates

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research

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).

Encapsulation

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Contact Us

Here is our email and facebook information

Email: letscurediabetes@hvc.rr.com

 

Commemorating the founding of Ulster County JDF