Ride for the Cure

‘Everybody left with something’

April 8, 2009 // 0 Comments

Chris Radford is grateful he is able to experience a father-and-son event, thanks to his son Scott’s current ability to control his Type 1 diabetes. Chris hopes to help others enjoy the annual  Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) 100-mile bike ride as well as help fund a cure for diabetes. The younger Radford was diagnosed with the most severe version of the disease as a young boy. Today he controls it with an insulin pump, but will continue to face possible life-threatening effects. Seeing the devastating effects of diabetes made Chris determined to do his part to find a cure. Last year he organized the first annual Family Fun Day Poker Walk/Run/Ride on the new Cannon Township Trail, starting at Cannon Township Hall, 6878 Belding Road. Participants travel the trail their preferred way, walking, running or biking, and pick up poker cards at stations. Those with the best hands win. “Everybody left with something,” said Radford of the first annual event. This year there are even more reasons to play-donations to date top $5,000 worth in prizes. The cost for a hand of poker is a minimum donation of $25, but the prizes are great. Grand prize is a $400 Giant Sedona bike from Village Bike and Fitness with a first prize of $100 to The Runnery. Many merchants have donated prizes, and the first 100 participants to sign up get a family pack with goodies. Last year about 50 people turned out to the spring event, and $1,500 was raised for the JDRF.  This year, with over $5,000 in prizes to give away, Radford is hopeful of an even better turnout. The event is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18, rain or shine. “We were looking at the calendar to find out what weekends don’t have events in Rockford,”  he said. “After May, forget it.” Radford and his son raised the required $4,000 each to participate in Ride to Cure Diabetes. Spending time together on the 100-mile ride through either Death Valley or Killington, Vermont, is a wonderful experience. Other participants have also been touched by the disease, which affects over three million people with 40 new children diagnosed in the country each day. “Four thousand dollars is a lot […]