Ride for a Cure slated for July 28

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PICTOU — The fourth annual Pictou County edition of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Ride for a Cure is scheduled for July 28 at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre.

The event draws motorcycle and bicycle riders together to show their support for diabetes research and helps advance the best possible research projects in the world. It is part of the quest to help fund research in order to find the cure for Type 1 diabetes.

“The success of the event continues to grow each year,” local organizer Leah Sutherland said. “We’re trying to make this a community event because this is only possible due to the generosity and support of businesses and individuals in the county.”

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is the leader in Type 1 diabetes research in the world. It is also considered the leading philanthropic global advocate for diabetes research.

Sutherland’s older daughter Erica has diabetes and her younger daughter Tara has several of the markers that suggest she could eventually contract diabetes. Tara was tested at the IWK once a year for seven years, and in the seventh year she was detected for four of the five markers.

Sutherland and her daughters started taking part more than three years ago in research studies with the research foundation in Toronto. The organization pays for their travel and accommodations there.

“It’s really intensive,’’ she said.

Sutherland has made progress attracting more cyclists to the event with the help of Pictou County Cycle.

Melanie Ryan and her family are also interested in the event. Her husband Mark has been on an insulin pump to regulate his diabetes, while their 12-year-old son Cohen was diagnosed two years ago. That’s how the family learned Cohen’s 14-year-old brother Liam had the markers.

Members of the Ryan family also went to Toronto for research studies.

Cohen has also started making a video in his role as an ambassador for the foundation.

“He’s been wanting to do this,” Melanie said.

Those collecting pledges are eligible for three top prizes. There is a $20 registration fee and a barbecue will be offered. Registration begins at 10 a.m. for the start time of 11 a.m.

Contact Leah Sutherland for more information on how to register and obtain pledge forms. Reach out to Leah by phone at 902-485-8883 or by email at leahsutherland13@gmail.com. Donations may be mailed to Leah Sutherland at 3772 Scotsburn Road, Scotsburn, B0K-1R0 or made directly online at https://jdrfca.donordrive.com/event/jdrf-pictouride.

The 2018 Ride for a Cure is scheduled for July 28 in Pictou. Helping organize the event are, from the left, front row: Cohen Ryan and his brother Isaac holding a promotional poster. Back row: Tara Sutherland, her mother Leah Sutherland and the Ryans’ mother Melanie Ryan. (Goodwin photo)