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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

BIKE RIDES AND DIABETES (A FISHDUCKY FAMILY COMBINATION)




In the fairly early years of their marriage, my son Matt (who is a diabetic, like his mother) & his wife Linda (who is a licensed physical therapist & certified exercise fanatic) decided to go with friends on a 50 mile bike ride.  Linda was in great shape--Matt, not so much.  He had skipped breakfast; not a good idea for a diabetic.  My son, of course, crapped out after not too many miles.  Linda gave him some fruit & water out of her fanny pack & made sure that he was all right.  They agreed that he would wait there & that she would meet him on her way back.  I told him that next time he took a 50 mile ride he should take some bananas.  He told me, "Next time I take a 50 mile ride, I'll take a car!!"

Fast forward 20 or 25 years.
This is Matt & Linda now.
Diabetes comes in Type 1 & Type 2.
They are working to get rid of it & make it Type None, 
as it says on Matt's shirt:


They now take 100 mile bike rides to help fund a cure for diabetes.  
The money they raise goes to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).  Last year they rode in Death Valley (Yes--it was hot!!) 
& this year it is a repeat of rides they've done in Burlington, Vt.  
In the past three years Team Fish has raised over $50,000 for this worthy cause!!  

There are new members of Team Fish this year:

Allow me to identify them for you:

Fishman--Matt
Fishlegs--Linda
Mikerel--My nephew Mike
Hopalong--My niece Teri, survivor of many surgeries
Flounder--My son Blake
Brifische--My grandson Brian
E-Fish out of water--Mike's wife Evie
Lisafisch--My granddaughter Lisa

Here's a picture of Blake on his bike.
He has since bought a new one:

Let's hope nobody does this:

The ride is July 9, but feel free to contribute now!!

An important message from Matt:

"We'll happily accept donations from your loyal readers at http://teamfish.bike/"


Some funny stuff about bikes and/or diabetes:








There must be a better way to start the day than getting out of bed----fishducky