The cause of juvenile diabetes (also known as type 1 diabetes) is still unknown to this day. There are no known ways to prevent it, only treatments after the fact. My family found this out the hard way when my sister Hannah was diagnosed at 14 years old, one month after starting high school.

While a juvenile diabetes diagnosis leads to endless unanswered questions, a non-profit called JDRF has made it their goal to raise money to find a cure, as well as treatments and therapies that make day-to-day life with the disease easier, safer and healthier.

This September, my mom is embarking on JDRF's Ride To Cure Diabetes. Starting out in Saratoga, NY on September 16th, the 100 mile bike ride will raise awareness and money towards juvenile diabetes research. My mom isn't a biker, but she has already begun training tirelessly to get ready for the event.

My mom is trying to hit a goal of $2,000 before the race sets off. You can donate directly to my mom by clicking here. Every dollar counts!

— Joe Votruba

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