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The Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF is a high-intensity stationary cycling event which takes place in cities across Canada. Funds raised by the event go towards helping to find a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D).

About type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is a disease in which the pancreas ceases to produce insulin. Insulin is a vital hormone which helps our bodies to regulate the levels of glucose (sugar) in our blood. Without the presence of insulin, sugar continues to build up in the blood rather than being burnt for energy. This can lead to complications such as kidney problems, heart disease and blindness.

The cause of type 1 diabetes still remains unknown. Research suggests that it occurs when the immune system destroys insulin-producing cells, although the reason for this is uncertain. Type 1 diabetes can be managed by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, monitoring one’s blood sugar and taking insulin, although there is currently no cure. Researchers are currently working to try and change this, and events such as the Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF offer vital support to this research.

The Fitness Firm’s involvement

At noon on Thursday November 14th, Kerri and her team of riders will be participating in this event at The Fitness Firm.  Kerri’s sister, Christine, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 10. Since being diagnosed, Christine monitors her blood sugar levels and administers insulin daily. Therefore, this is a cause very close to The Fitness Firm’s heart.

How you can help

Any support you can offer (even if that is just turning up and cheering the team on!) is much appreciated. You can donate to the cause by going to: www.jdrf.ca, click ‘donate’, click ‘pledge a ride participant’, and search ‘Kerri Sherk’. Alternatively, you can drop any spare change in the piggy bank located at the front desk!

Our goal as a team is to reach $750.00 in donations. Thanks to your generosity and kindness, we have already raised an incredible total of $694.00! However, as is always the case here at The Fitness Firm, we want to meet and go above and beyond our goals! Any donation you can spare would be received gratefully.

We thank you for your ongoing support and kindness, and hope to see you cheering on the team on Thursday.

The Fitness Firm


Amelia Foxton