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Ride to Cure Diabetes: Rider Spotlight

April 28, 2011

Gary Coleman, a JDRF Greater Dallas Supporter, has been a JDRF rider for the past 6 years and will participate in his 7th Ride this fall in Tucson, Arizona on November 17, 2011. His daughter Rebekah is 11 and was diagnosed in 2004. Tucson has become Gary’s favorite location and this video highlights his passion to recruit others to ride there. On May 21, 2011, Gary and his family will host their 6th annual golf tournament called Rebekah’s Roundup.

Learn more about Rebekah’s Round-Up.

From Gary:

You know, I kinda got tricked into this whole bike riding thing. Dick Hester’s son, David, sent me a letter in 2006 about how he was going to ride for the first time and if a 13-year old kid could ride 100 miles on his bike, then surely I could handle it.

But the reason I ride is simple: Rebekah and those kids I know and love who deal with this lousy condition every day of their lives. When you’re a parent of a kid who has Type I, the first thing you feel is helplessness. You can’t do anything to cure the disease but then after you’re done feeling sorry for yourself, you start to think about what can be done and that’s when you realize it’s about the small things. So, we help out wherever we can.

I’ll continue to participate in the Ride to Cure as long as my legs can stand it. When you’re out there with people who are parents, siblings, friends, Type I riders or just those who want to help, you can’t help but get energized and feel good about what you’re accomplishing. When you cross the finish line, you’ll know the feeling and it will convince you that you will be back next time.

Then you get to pig out after the ride.

More about the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes:

Riders from around the world take on two challenges: raising the money needed to fund research for better treatments and a cure for diabetes, and reaching a personal training goal to prepare for a destination cycling experience. The JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes offers:

  • Multiple fundraising and mileage options
  • Training with a certified coach in your local area
  • Ride destinations designed for riders of all fitness levels

The journey begins by traveling to one of our destination Ride locations. Meet up with fellow riders and begin a fun-filled weekend including safety seminars, planned excursions, and team building celebrations.  It all leads up to the big event… Ride Day.

2011 Locations & Dates:

July 28 – 31, 2011 — Burlington, Vermont

August 11 – 14, 2011 — La Crosse, Wisconsin

September 9 – 12, 2011 — Lake Tahoe, Nevada

October 13 – 16, 2011 — Death Valley, California

November 17 – 20, 2011 — Tucson, Arizona

Get tips from a trainer on how you can get started today or learn more about the Ride to Cure Diabetes at the JDRF Ride Homepage.

If you have questions about the Ride to Cure Diabetes or would like to learn how you can get involved, contact Scott Childress at the Greater Dallas Chapter at or (214) 764-6771.


To learn more about the JDRF Dallas chapter, visit our JDRF Dallas website!

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