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Islanders in Amelia Island Ride

Sat, Sep 22nd 2018 07:00 am
JDRF's Ride to Cure Diabetes is a charitable bike ride that has raised over $47 million for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. The ride gives cyclists of all ages and skill levels the opportunity to ride 100 miles and support breakthroughs and transform the lives of people living with T1D, until there is a cure. Hundreds of riders come together from all over the world to make new friendships and enjoy unparalleled camaraderie.
Two Grand Island residents will join in the Amelia Island Ride Oct. 4 to 7. Bethany and Carly (Joslyn) Bernatovicz will both ride for Jay Kuehmeier, their nephew and cousin, respectively, who was diagnosed at age 2 when he lived on Grand Island.
Over Jay's 13 years of living with a disease that demands management and attention 24/7, Bethany has seen advances that have improved his health and quality of life thanks to JDRF. These two have now decided to do more to help the cause.
"I felt I wanted to challenge myself mentally and physically just like Jay does every day. This will be a meaningful experience that I can share with my daughter and feel joy working with hundreds of others who share the same passion,' " said Bernatovicz.
Bernatovicz and her daughter want to ride for you. Do you know someone with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes? Making a donation to JDRF Ride will make an impact on their life because every dollar put toward research will lead to making Type 1 into "Type None."
How to support and donate: Go online to use a credit card: https://www2.jdrf.org/goto/bbernatovicz.
Checks can be written out to JDRF/Ride (MEMO line: Bethany Bernatovicz) and mailed to: the WNY JDRF office at: 31 Alberta Drive, Suite 106, Amherst, NY 14226.
JDRF Century RIDE FACTS
  • Event: JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes, 501(c)(3) Organization
  • When: Saturday, Oct. 5
  • What: 100 miles per rider completed in a single day
  • Ride Location: Amelia Island, Florida
  • JDRF Amelia Ride Goal: $2 million (at 71 percent of goal to date)
  • Islander Bethany Bernatovicz ride goal: $6,500
  • Number of riders for Amelia event: 500-plus

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