Why I Ride | Type 1 Diabetes | JDRF Tour de Tucson


Real estate on a bike is valuable – especially for me. It’s ironic that the distance isn’t the hardest part – wrangling diabetes along the way is.

Type 1 diabetes isn’t going to stop me – I bring it along for the ride.

My daughter and I have a lot in common; I wish type 1 diabetes wasn’t one of them. I was diagnosed at age 13 and Emma at age 5. Looking at her sweet little face, knowing her future included everything I’ve been shouldering for most of my life was heartbreaking.

I’ve ridden my bike over 4,000 miles in the past year.  I look like every other rider, but I’m not – the baggage I carry in my heart and mind is a heavy load.

This fall I’ll be riding 104 miles in the Tour de Tucson for JDRF; we all pedal with a common purpose – to fund a cure for type 1 diabetes.

As the miles pass by, I place distance between the day Emma was diagnosed and now. The road may seem long in front of me, but it’s short in relation to what’s behind me – what our family’s been through.

Cycling and diabetes have a similar rhetoric:
put your head down –  figure things out on the fly- keep spinning – smile.

Type 1 diabetes is 24/7,  making  it one of the most difficult diseases to manage. There are a lot of bumps in the road; crashes, flats, veering off course, things you can’t predict or control. We’re confident that there’s a finish line in sight – but were not there yet.

I ride for you and I ride for me – together- we can turn Type 1 into Type None!


Thank you for considering a donation to my (Jewels Doskicz) Tour de Tucson century ride with Team JDRF; I’m diligently training for this November JDRF ride.

Our family is committed to finding and funding a cure for Type 1 diabetes – which is the driving force behind this JDRF century ride in Tucson. As a patient advocate and tireless JDRF volunteer, I know that grass root engagement can generate change.

I have been hard at work training while balancing diabetes on my bike in order to achieve this lengthy goal. Please consider a donation on our behalf – your gift today will propel me toward the finish line.

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Watch Jewels 2014 JDRF Fund A Cure Speech


  1. Awesome video, Jewels! Thanks for sharing!

    I love the line about the similar rhetoric – so true.

    Have an awesome ride, and thanks for taking on this adventure for all of us!

  2. Lawren says:

    Outstanding! Miss you! Have a great Ride!

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