Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS -

Melissa Win­ters of Lake Katrine re­cently par­tic­i­pated in the Ju­ve­nile Di­a­betes Re­search Foun­da­tion’s Ride to Cure Di­a­betes at Amelia Is­land, Florida.

In ad­di­tion to com­plet­ing the 100 mile course — known as a cen­tury to cy­clists — she raised over $4,000 to sup­port di­a­betes re­search. This in­au­gu­ral ride raised $3 mil­lion to sup­port re­search that seeks a cure for Type One Di­a­betes.

At the cel­e­bra­tion din­ner fol­low­ing the ride, Win­ters was se­lected from over 700 rid­ers to re­ceive the Ju­ve­nile Di­a­betes Re­search Foun­da­tion Ride Spirit Jer­sey. It is de­signed in the tra­di­tion of the Tour De France’s white with red polka dot­ted “King of the Moun­tains” jer­sey.

In his com­ments to the au­di­ence of rid­ers and vol­un­teers Mike Clark, Ju­ve­nile Di­a­betes Re­search Foun­da­tion na­tional ride coach, said, “In award­ing the Spirit Jer­sey we are look­ing for one story that stands out as de­ter­mined by the ride coaches. Melissa has been par­tic­i­pat­ing in the JDRF rides for years as a rider and as a vol­un­teer — but her goal of a full cen­tury has al­ways been cut short due to ei­ther me­chan­i­cal or T1D (Type One Di­a­betes) re­lated prob­lems.

“But she never gave up, al­ways had a smile, and con­tin­ued to sup­port and en­cour­age other rid­ers on ride day as well as year round through so­cial


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