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David Jewell ’80 Cycles from Canada to Mexico to Raise Money for Diabetes Research and MS Society

My wife and I recently completed riding more than 2,000 miles on our bicycles in our “Border to Border” ride from Vancouver, Canada, to the Mexican Border. Besides being one of the most physically challenging things I have done in my life, we rode to raise funds for two great causes. The first is MS (multiple sclerosis) and the second is type 1 diabetes research. I am captain of the Fly Ontario team that did this ride, and as a team, we raised almost $50k for the National MS Society. You can see our journey under Mission Possible-Border to Border on both Instagram and Facebook. The second cause is called KatrinaKures. Our family started this initiative 15 years ago after our daughter Katrina was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 17 years ago. We have been partnering with Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), where she was diagnosed, for these 15 years and 100 percent of what we raise goes to research in finding a “Kure.” Also, huge for us in our 15th year, we surpassed a quarter of a million dollars raised in those 15 years. Riding our bikes from border to border not only elevated our fundraising efforts but also brought more awareness to both of these diseases. As a side note, we were featured on Fox 11 News before our ride, and KTLA featured our team after we completed the ride as well.

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