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1 JDRF London Nightrider on Mon Jan 26 2015, 16:01

Dear All,

As many of you will know, my son has Type 1 diabetes. This condition is not caused by poor lifestyle and eating habits, it's an autoimmune condition that can strike at any time, but is particularly prevalent in young children.

There is currently no cure, my son faces a lifetime of blood tests and injections, cannula insertions and hospital visits. The complications that can arise from this condition are too heart-breaking to dwell on. Since diagnosis, almost two years ago, my son has endured around 4500 finger stick tests, 1850 injections, 150 cannula insertions, 16 hospital clinics, 3 hospital stays of more than 1 week, and several periods on a drip.

My wife and I have not had a full night’s sleep in over two years due to routine testing as he sleeps. Many people are unaware that diabetes can kill. If his blood sugar drops too quickly and isn't picked up, he could fall into a coma and die. If his blood sugar is too high, he can within hours fall into diabetic ketoacidosis which can also lead to death.

Emotionally and psychologically, it's draining for all of us. It is of course, particularly hard on my son, having gone from a normal 5 year old little boy, to having to live with this condition.

In spite of the obvious negatives, my son is a constant inspiration to us. He has his bad days of course, and it's heart-breaking to see him go through this every day, and when he asks us 'Why do I have diabetes?', 'Will I always have diabetes?', 'Will I die of diabetes?'

But in spite of everything he endures, he's always got a smile on his face, and humbles me to my very core with his courage and tenacity.

JDRF are the only diabetes charity dedicated to finding a cure. They have already funded many advances in the treatment of this condition, from smart insulin to the artificial pancreas, not to mention the exciting developments in the quest to discover what triggers Type 1 diabetes, and what can be done to stop it, and eventually cure it.

On the evening of the 6th of June I’m taking part in the London Nightrider event, which is a 63 mile circular bike ride overnight to raise funds for JDRF.

If you can spare a few quid, I would be most grateful.

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PaulSmart1

Thanks,

Paul

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2 Re: JDRF London Nightrider on Mon Jan 26 2015, 16:20

Hi Paul,

Sorry to hear of your little fella's struggles,i had a diabetes scare 30 years ago in my early 20's but mine was a kidney problem that i've managed with no fuss for three decades,i feel really sorry for your son but looking at the picture of him on the "Just Giving" page makes me think he's somewhat of a character ( can't think where he got that from Laughing ) and i'm sure he'll come fighting through.

Good luck with that 63 mile bike ride,i think you might need it but never worry,Dave the Dog will rub some cream on your backside when you finish Shocked

Let me know if you do further events and i'll always be glad to help.

All the best to you and your family,

DA ( Mick )

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3 Re: JDRF London Nightrider on Mon Jan 26 2015, 16:44

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Hope you don't mind Paul but I've moved this from off topic to the main forum and I've also stickied it.

This deserves more viewing and recognition than any Stourbridge game.

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4 Re: JDRF London Nightrider on Mon Jan 26 2015, 17:05

Good luck with the fundraising,your little lad is an inspiration to us all and puts our own small worries and troubles into perspective. God Bless you all

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5 Re: JDRF London Nightrider on Mon Jan 26 2015, 17:19

Have donated,good luck and let us know how the training goin.

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6 Re: JDRF London Nightrider on Mon Jan 26 2015, 17:35

Bloody horrible.
Life can be so cruel.

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7 Re: JDRF London Nightrider on Mon Jan 26 2015, 23:52

Thank you so much to those who have already kindly sponsored me, and also for your kind words. I've had a fantastic start to my sponsorship drive, and am already more than halfway to the minimum required for my sponsored place with JDRF.

I am genuinely humbled people, on behalf of my lad. Thank You : )

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8 Re: JDRF London Nightrider on Tue Jan 27 2015, 08:26

Aled - sent you a PM, mate.

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9 Re: JDRF London Nightrider on Tue Jan 27 2015, 08:31

Just donated pal..your going to smash your target to pieces Very Happy

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10 Re: JDRF London Nightrider on Tue Jan 27 2015, 21:03

Thanks mate, much appreciated, and that after I called you a villa b@&stard the other day! I feel bad now : )

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11 Re: JDRF London Nightrider on Mon Mar 30 2015, 08:47

Huge thank you to the club for their offer of support this Saturday. They don't need to do it, and it shows what a wonderful club we have.

I've already received more sponsorship through the article on the website, including from people I don't know. If you're on here....thank you so much.

See you Saturday folks.

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12 Re: JDRF London Nightrider on Sat Apr 04 2015, 20:55

Thank you so much to everyone who supported us today. The bucket collection raised a fantastic £235.09 which, added to the £75 raised online since the club publicised it means you wonderful lot have added over £300 to the total of £1065 and rising. This is over 3 times my original target.

Particular thanks to TRM for all he's done in promoting the fundraising, and to all at SFC in making this a very special day for my lad.

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13 Re: JDRF London Nightrider on Mon Jun 01 2015, 19:16

Hi folks. Just a quick update. This weekend is the Nightrider event. I've been busy covering around 125 miles a week these past 7 weeks.

Huge thanks to everyone who has supported me, from SFC, TRM, friends and new friends.

The total raised is now a staggering £1390, more than 4 times my original target and still rising.

Thanks everyone!

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