JDRF Ride for Diabetes Research: How Far Would You Go?

These fundraising events are a great excuse to get off early, push back the paperwork and all the while make your company look good. After all, fundraisers are fundraisers right?

Well no. Actually that’s complete bull. Maybe you don’t know much about type 1 diabetes or maybe you do. If you chose to participate in this year’s JDRF Ride for Diabetes Research in Canada I’m going to have to tell you that what you did in one afternoon created great potential.

It gives people like me hope. I see people who often don’t have any affiliation with the cause, listen with the ears open and understand and hear first hand what it’s like to live with this disease day in and out. You sweated and pedalled with hundreds of others. And in that process of moving each pedal forward, it has brought hope to so many like me.

After so many years, my doctor confirmed to me recently that I do, indeed have Type 1 diabetes (not any other kind, there are many!). And when I saw all the action that took place at the Metro Convention Centre, I got damn emotional.

It just goes to show that people have good in them. They want to help. Physical activity breeds power and positivity. Thank you to all who participated.

Recently I have been feeling so defeated. So tired. So mentally at the end of my rope. Being able to witness events like these gives me that push to keep going. To not give up. To remember that there are people out there who are willing to give their time (their most precious commodity) to help people they don’t even know.

It means so much to me that you rode your heart out.

XO,
J

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Yee haw! Connected in Motion goes country with Humber College

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I’m definitely not country, but yesterday I was line dancing.

Serious.

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It was called Country in Motion, a fundraiser for Connected in Motion (get it? Clever.) Organized by Humber’s post-graduate event management program students. Must say everyone I encountered at the various games and silent auction were really enthusiastic.

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I ring-tossed, took photos with my fellow t1 ladies in the photo-booth, bid for yoga gear at the silent auction…

…and watched as people tried to tackle the mechanical bull…like this cowgirl. Eeeek.

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The BEST part was getting to spend time with two t1 athletes- spin instructor Stephanie and Ironman-in-training Anne Marie. It’s always so fun to be around other people who ‘just get it’. We laughed, yelled loudly to each other over the country music and planned our future bike rides together.

Last year Steph both did the MS two-day bike ride and didn’t even know it! Better planning will happen this year for a meet up 😀

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IMG_0393The highlight of my night was listening to Steph speak to the audience about her experience being an active type 1.

Totally inspiring and as she said, when we all get together, “Everyone has something different to bring to the table”.

 

 

So I was a little out of my element in a saloon, but totally at home with my t1 fitness girls.

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Xo

Jess

PHOTOS & Recap of the Power of Movement, Arthritis Research Foundation yoga fundraiser Toronto

Today I took part in Power of Movement, a yoga fundraiser for the Arthritis Research Foundation. Click on the photos below to follow the day’s events.

I blogged about the event earlier this month and why the cause has special meaning to me.

The Sheraton Hotel was a new and refreshing venue. The pretty lights above and big open carpeted space made for a comfy place to spend the morning. Yoga instructors David Good and Lisa Greenbaum led the class together. I really loved the format of them taking turns and felt they complimented each other well. Thanks for the lovely chat afterwards, you two both have an amazing energy.

Thank you to everyone who donated and provided me well wishes. Power of Movement, I’ll be back next year!

Follow Power of Movement on Facebook and Twitter.

J

Disclaimer: I was in no way compensated by the Power of Movement or any affiliated companies to write this post. My cousin Sabrina Young is the national event co-ordinator of Power of Movement and that’s how I found out about the event. This fundraiser is one I personally believe in.