Then last November my son 'Snoopy' was diagnosed with type 1 Diabetes.
It was a nightmare. He got SO sick. We didn't know what was wrong with him. We didn't read the signs that his body was giving us (never ending thirst - frequent urination) by the time we took him to the ER his blood sugar was at 850+. That's bad folks. Normal blood sugar levels hang out between 80 & 120.
Snoopy got better, but still our life was turned upside down. Suddenly we were thrown into a world of blood glucose monitors, pricking fingers, counting carbs, insulin shots, and so much more. I was completely overwhelmed for a while, I'm much less overwhelmed by it all now. People are amazingly able to adapt to change, it's a blessing.
So, now I know, all of those bikes going past my house one day in June each year were all cycling for a cure to Diabetes. Two days before the race was scheduled this year we told Snoopy about it. We told him that everyone who enters the race raises money in donations to be able to enter... and all of that money goes towards Diabetes research, searching for a cure. He got really excited and surprised us by asking if he could ride too.
We looked into it. There are several different lengths of race (the longest being 100 miles) the shortest was the 1 mile family race. The trick was, to race Snoopy needed to raise some money.
In 24 hours, we were able to raise over $375 to donate thanks to generous family, friends and neighbors. Snoopy and Trapper were both able to race together.