He who has health, has hope.

And he who has hope, has everything.

And he who has a blue mylar Hawaiian skirt has…?

A mission. An important one, at that.

Health, hope and good food.

Why is this man wearing a blue mylar grass skirt? He’s cycling to raise money for JDRF Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund. I have enjoyed many fine meals with my friend Mario and, mylar skirt notwithstanding, when he speaks, I listen. Usually, it’s because he’s asking me if I need a top-off …but sometimes it’s not. Sometimes, it’s about something really important.

I asked him why he’s doing this crazy cycling benefit. He professed a love of Hawaiian attire. No, not really.

  • As a food lover, it is saddening to see many people affected by this disease;
  • From an educational perspective, it is important to make informed choices – many of us don’t know any better;
  • Type 2 diabetes is threatening a generation of children and finding a cure for diabetes is part of the solution – getting back to eating properly is another. (see below)

So what is the event and how can you help?

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Ride for Diabetes Research is a unique fund-raising event. Teams consist of 5 Riders, and on event day, each Team Member will alternate riding a stationary bike for 8-minutes over the course of 40 minutes. Many Teams like to compete to see who can clock the most kilometers, raise the most money, show the most spirit, make the most noise, and have the best costumes (and I think we know who’s not winning in this category!)

The ride takes place on September 19th, 2008.

  • Today, even with the availability of insulin, it is estimated that approximately one-half million North Americans die as a result of diabetes and its complications like heart and kidney disease, stroke, blindness and amputation each year.
  • Simply put, diabetes is a serious disease that impairs the body’s ability to use food properly.
  • Huge strides have been made in finding a cure – but research needs to continue because we’re not quite there yet.

Help this worthwhile cause by sponsoring Mario Stojanac here.

Please help him, otherwise he has to spend more time with Argonauts’ cheerleaders. Obviously, this makes him very sad. See?


About JDRF.

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