HOME

NEWS

CHARITIES

VOLUNTEER

ACTION CENTER

ADD CHARITY

CONTACT

SUPPORT

World Environment Community Health Animals Celebrity Submit A Site Find A Charity
Woman pedals toward juvenile diabetes cure

By Shelly Birkelo, Janesville Gazette

1914 days ago   Article ID# 1526266
Original URL

 

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

JANESVILLE, WISCONSIN (Janesville Gazette) - Erika Toebaas is beginning to prepare herself mentally and physically for the ride of her life.

The 35-year-old Janesville woman on Oct. 20 will make a 105-mile ride through Death Valley, Calif., for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Ride to Cure Diabetes.

She is among hundreds of riders, including one other Janesville woman, who will make the ride.

"Every once in a while I think, 'Oh my goodness, what have I gotten myself into?'" she said.

While she trains for the grueling ride, she will be working full time as a stylist at a local salon and starting full-time massage therapy school.

Toebaas said she finds strength through the support of others—clients, her boyfriend and co-workers.

"I feel like if I can do it, it will be such an amazing accomplishment," she said. "I've always wanted to do a half marathon. That's on my bucket list also."

Toebaas is busy organizing fundraisers, including a golf outing and a gold-buying event, to benefit the foundation so it can fund research for better treatments and a cure for diabetes.

"I want to be part of something big. This is a great cause because diabetes affects so many children. Not every child makes it to adulthood and for those who do, it's a hard road for them," she said.

Toebaas will start training for the ride the first week of April. She already has been connected with a cycling coach.

Although she is an avid cyclist and averages 30-mile rides, she is in the process of upgrading to a smaller road bike.

"They're lighter and make for easier travel," she said.

Toebaas plans to take longer rides with others on weekends and shorter rides—6 to 40 miles—by herself during the week. She'll ride in all kinds of weather to prepare for the warm days in the California desert valley situated within the Mojave Desert.

"The most grueling will be making sure to take the time to train and hitting those long rides," she said.

The Oct. 20 ride starts before sunrise at Furnace Creek Ranch. Riders will finish between early afternoon and sunset.

The ride's terrain includes vast vistas, multi-hued rock formations, hidden canyons, shimmering salt flats, undulating hills and one long climb to Jubilee Pass overlooking the desert, where cyclists will see the occasional coyote and roadrunner.

Regardless of whether Toebaas finishes the ride

(it's not a race), she just wants to do something to help others.

"I'm just one person finding ways to raise money for a cause of a child past or currently having Type 1 diabetes.''

Copyright 2017 Janesville Gazette   (Copyright Terms)
Updated 1914 days ago   Article ID# 1526266

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation    View Charity Profile    Visit Website

More Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International News

No overnight cure for type 1 diabetes – but closed loops offer respite

12 days ago From pharmaphorum.com 

SURREY, U K - ...

JDRF campaign targets US healthcare insurers in type 1 diabetes

27 days ago From medscape.com 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - ...

JDRF says progress being made to give type 1 diabetes patients more options

31 days ago From myfox8.com 

HIGH POINT, NORTH CAROLINA - ...

JDRF launches "Coverage2Control," a campaign to urge insurance companies to provide coverage that works for the type 1 diabetes community

33 days ago From prnewswire.com 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - ...

ViaCyte raises $10M to support development of type 1 diabetes drug

33 days ago From dddmag.com 

ROCKAWAY, NEW JERSEY - ...

Go to page:   1    2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  Next >> 

<< Return To Health News

Action Center

Massive Antarctic ice shelf days from breaking off

Action: Climate Change

Any day now we will truly witness climate change in action. Within days at worst, maybe weeks at best, scientists predict tha ...

Interpol says there really are dark web rhino horn traffickers

Action: Wildlife Conservation

The dark web is home to several lingering myths: so-called red rooms where visitors can watch gruesome murders; sites offerin ...

New highway brings deforestation to two Colombian national parks

Action: Stop Deforestation

Planned since the 1950s, the Marginal de la Selva is a $1 billion highway project that would create a paved land passage thro ...

Stop coal mining assault on this roadless forest

Action: Stop Pollution

President Trump has been clear since day one that he’s turning over the nation’s public lands and environment to King Coal an ...

‘Stop selling’ and buying shark fins

Action: Save Our Oceans

There they stood shoulder to shoulder, several dozens of them, dressed in rubber shark costumes with the dorsal fins cut off. ...

View All Actions >>

 

 

Charities

News

Follow Us

Support

Find A Charity

Action Center

World

Community

Facebook

Twitter Support

Contact

Volunteer

Add A Site

Environment

Animals

Google+

Privacy Policy

Copyright

 

 

Health

Celebrity

Terms of Service

Copyright © The Charity Vault All rights reserved.