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Cycle to fund diabetes research


John Burton Jr., with Emerald Staffing in Lake Oswego, will be riding in the first annual GoodLife Bend Cycle Classic — Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s family bike ride on Aug. 18 in Bend.

Oregon and Southwest Washington JDRF staff members Elizabeth Squires and Judy Summers and a cast of friends in the ride to support JDRF will join him.

GoodLife Brewing Company sponsors the ride. Pratt Rather, an owner of the Bend-based brewery and a JDRF board member, has type 1 diabetes. He is passionate about assisting research for a cure and mentoring other diabetics to live well with diabetes until there is a cure. Burton has been riding for the JDRF cycling team for more than five years. JDRF is the world leader in funding research to find a cure for type 1 diabetes.

“All the money raised goes directly to research to ‘Fund a Cure’ for type 1,” he said.

There is a $25 registration fee for the ride, and riders are encouraged to raise funds on their own.

“Please join us with your family for this ride and invite your friends,” said Burton. “If you can’t be there, please help us with a contribution or by passing this information to a friend. We will find a cure one mile at a time!”

To register or donate to the cause, visit jdrfevents.donordrive.com/index.dfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.eventDetails&eventide=1542.