Summer 2019, I combined my three memories of my dad - as a planner and a traveler and a golfer - as I played Fifty for Father: 50 Courses in 50 States in 50 Days.
I started on May 27 in Southport, North Carolina, and finished 50 days later in Worcester, Massachusetts, on the course where my dad learned to play.
My dad died twenty years ago from stroke with complications from type 2 diabetes. Too soon after my father's death, my four-year-old son was diagnosed with type 1. For these deeply personal reasons, I dedicated Fifty for Father as a fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
As a son and a father of loved ones with diabetes, I know the struggle is real. I empathize with families who are wrestling with the disease, physically and emotionally.
The grind. The worry. The fear. Diabetes is relentless. Insatiable.
The monster lurking at the bottom of the stairs, waiting for its victims to slip.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease where a person's pancreas stops producing insulin. It strikes children and adults—and it has nothing do to with diet or lifestyle. Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented and there is no cure.
But, with your help, there is hope.
While the 2019 Fifty for Father journey is over, our mission is far from complete. Donations are still being accepted!
Please click DONATE or scroll down and click on the JDRF logo to donate.