Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes

by Patricia Eddy on February 9, 2010

Right about the time that Mr. Cook Local and I started dating, he received some surprising news. He was diabetic. Life changed. He’s lucky. His diabetes is under control with a single daily shot of insulin and he can have small amounts of rice, beer, and desserts. We often share a single chocolate from Trevani Truffles as our dessert. We eat ice cream in single spoon serving sizes. Beer is a rare treat when we’ve worked out and his blood sugar is low.

Many diabetics cannot be as flexible. Many take shots four, five, six times a day. Many wear an insulin pump. Many are children. Many parents need to cause their children pain multiple times a day with finger pricks and injections. Many parents have to wake their children up in the middle of the night to test their blood sugar. It’s generally agreed that keeping a child’s sugar intake low is a good thing, but some parents have to make sure that their child never steals a bite of a classmate’s cake. Many children with diabetes don’t get any of their Halloween candy.

Now we don’t like asking for money. We’re bad at it. We know that the economy isn’t great and we know that there are a lot of excellent and worthy causes out there that need your support. We’re never going to tell you that our cause is better or worse than any other cause. But we’re asking you for your support just once a year for a cause that’s important to us. Expect a few twitter messages over the next few months and one more blog post in May about this cause and that’s it. We won’t spam you, we won’t make you feel guilty if you can’t or don’t want to donate. Even if all you can donate is an encouraging comment or twitter message, that’s just fine. But if diabetes has touched your life, we hope you’ll understand where we’re coming from.

We’ve registered for the Beat the Bridge race on May 16, 2010. It’s a 5 mile race. The first two miles must be run in 20 minutes before the University Bridge is raised and runners get stuck on one side of the bridge for about 5 minutes before the bridge is lowered again and the race can continue. It’s a lot of fun. The race starts and ends at Husky Stadium and the course is mostly flat with just a couple of hills. There’s decent course support and a nice finishing area.

We’ve formed a team, the Seattle Tweaters (twitter-eaters). We’d love it if you’d run the race with us. Just go to our Team Page and join our team. The race entry fee is only $17 ($27 if you want a t-shirt). We’re holding weekly training runs at Green Lake on Sundays. Even though we’re experienced runners, we’re not fast. If you want to come on a training run with us, we’ll walk when you need to walk, and we’ll run slowly (12-13 minute miles is actually our preferred pace). The training runs start and end at the Starbucks on the north side of the lake.

After the race we’ll be sure to have some tasty treats available. After the Jingle Bell run in December, we bought the team Frost Doughnuts. Since John can only have doughnuts after a run, we’ll likely do that again.

If you’re a local Seattle business, and you’d like to sponsor our team, we’d love to have you. Just email Patricia to set things up. If you’d like to donate to any of the runners on the team, just go to the team page and click a runner to get started.

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Cooking with Michele February 9, 2010 at 1:32 pm

My son has Type 1 diabetes – he’s a young adult now, but I still worry he’s in a coma when I can’t reach him on his cell phone. Not a fun disease! I made a small contribution to your team and hope you make it across the bridge before it goes up!
.-= Cooking with Michele´s last blog ..Cooking with Michele in Italy =-.

Patricia Eddy February 9, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Thank you so much for your donation. Hopefully a cure will be had in our lifetimes.

John Eddy February 9, 2010 at 10:52 pm

Assuming Frost reads the post and scrolls down to read this…

We won’t take discounted donuts! I managed to sneak my way in last time, and I’ll do it again! Muhahahahahahahahahaha!

Mollie Adams October 7, 2011 at 6:52 am

“It’s generally agreed that keeping a child’s sugar intake low is a good thing, but some parents have to make sure that their child never steals a bite of a classmate’s cake. Many children with diabetes don’t get any of their Halloween candy.”

Diabetes is not a problem in my family because we don’t have any history of it. But I know a few people who have diabetes and have seen what it does to them. I know how they need to have a shot of insulin regularly. Sometimes, they inject it to their body themselves. It is really causing them inconvenience at times. Not to mention that they have to watch what they eat. Diabetics must have felt deprived of delicious food.

I wish all the best for your worthy cause.

Mollie Adams

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