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On May 24th 2018, 12 men with varying levels of fitness and varying quality of bike will set out from the JDRF offices in London to cycle to Paris. We have been brought together on this mission by our kids, all of whom live with Type 1 Diabetes. We are the Diabetes dads!
It'll take us 4 days, hopefully of glorious weather, rolling through the French countryside, having the odd verre de vin, once the day is done, and eating plenty of gateau during the day. After all, we need to keep our strength up. The only "pain" will be of the baguette variety!
Our first 2 days will be the toughest, cycling 108km each day, with a more leisurely 55km on day 3, and a 45km roll into Paris on the last day, before we hop gingerly onto the Eurostar back to London.
Why JDRF? Because they fund type 1 diabetes research to improve lives & one day eradicate the condition for good. Your support will help do that, so that withing the lifetimes of our kids, there will be a cure. Imagine that, no more finger prick test, no more injection, no more canulas, no more sensor inserts. Our kids have upwards of 2500 needles in their bodies each and every year, and will until there's a cure. Your donation, however large or small, will be very gratefully received.
Who are we?
Kev Winchcombe is riding for his daughter, Amy, 17, diagnosed 7 years and using Dexcom G5 and a DIY closed loop artificial pancreas using a 10-year-old Medtronic insulin pump, because #WeAreNotWaiting. Amy hates needles, always has, so a cure would be great but for now we wish to help fund the advancement of glucose-responsive 'smart' insulin.
Andrew Stroud is riding for his daughter, Bia, 12, diagnosed 7 years and using the Accuchek insight pump & very occasionally Libre flash glucose monitoring. Andrew has done many bike-related challenges since Bia was diagnosed for JDRF, the proudest being last year when they cycled the 60 miles from London to Brighton together and raised over £14,000 for JDRF. Bia particularly hates feeling hypo & hyper, so the sooner we find a cure, the better.
Jason Wills is riding for his daughter Maddie, 13, who has been diagnosed for 3 years. She currently uses a Omnipod & Dexcom G5. Maddie would particularly like a cure, so she doesn't have to worry about constantly checking her BG levels when she is ice skating. Her Dad would like a cure, so her Mum doesn’t have to get up in the night so many times – which makes her grumpy in the morning.
Alistair Samuelson is riding for his son George who was diagnosed aged 7. We support JDRF in their goal to educate the newly diagnosed and fund technology and cure research. Better technology would help avoid the medical complications of T1D and a cure could mean an end to hypos, hypers and the thousands of needles each person with Type 1 endures.
Daniel Hill is riding for his daughter Alexia diagnosed 8 long years ago at the age of 7 years old. Hit the family like a train and still feeling the daily impact. Living in France for 10 years, Alexia uses the Medtronic 640 g and Enlite sensors. Riding for a cure.
Vincent Scaife is riding for his daughter Paige diagnosed 7 years ago at age 5 life changed for her and for us from that point on and although we have had tears and tantrums this is mainly from us as Paige never lets it get in the way. We’re proud of everything She achieves. Research has enabled her to gain better control on some form of normality by wearing a Medtronic pump and sensors. Riding to be part of the cure.
Matt Kaye is riding for Amy 17 diagnosed 4 years. Using freestyle Libre with Libre link on MDI although I wish she would go back on the pump as we had much better control. Hoping for Omnipod trial in the coming months. Any advancement towards helping manage this condition is welcomed but has to fit in with an image conscious teenager!!!!!!.
Andrew Draper is riding for his son, Jack, age 15. Jack was diagnosed 7 & 1/2 years ago and he uses a Medtronic pump with a Night Scout linked continuous glucose monitoring system. Andrew is riding in support of JDRF to help raise money to provide funding to find a cure for Diabetes, a disease which affects children and their families all over the world. Jack has bravely lived with diabetes showing great courage and a sense of humour throughout, supported brilliantly by his Mum, brother Fin and this is his Dad’s way of showing his love. Diabetes doesn’t give its victims and their families any time off and we look forward to any improvements in its management and eventually a cure.
Richard Dainton is riding for Eleanor Dainton. Diagnosed 6 months ago, she is now aged three. We are using blood glucose meter and injections (and not appearing to do the best job). I am also cycling for my six year old Hannah who has had her life turned upside down whilst her mum and dad worry about Ele.
Alan Rick is an honorary member of the group, supporting Kev’s daughter Amy along with all your children. Was part of the Diabetes Dads team in the 2016 London Nightrider. Known Kev and his family for many years, and Kev and I regularly (cough!) get out on our bikes together.
Steve Henson is riding for his daughter Poppy who was diagnosed 6 months ago aged 10. Poppy has been amazing since this life changing event and is supported by her older sister, Liberty, although Liberty still can’t watch the injections! Poppy is carb counting using the expert meter and injections but is starting to consider a Freestyle Libre.
Mike Bullock is another honorary member, long term friend of Alan and more recently Kev too. A bereaved parent (heart related) so he’s well aware of the challenges faced by parenting a child with specialist needs. A keen cyclist for many a year and excited for the opportunity to support this worthy cause.
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Diabetes Dads Dozen
A Dozen Diabetes Dads Do London to Paris
Fundraising for JDRF
We fund research into type 1 diabetes to find a cure for type 1 diabetes
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