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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