Scroll further down the page to read about my Why, Part Two, to see how you can join me for a round of golf on my journey and to read comments from the many generous donors.
Meet my hero. His name is Gavin and he is my son.
Ten years ago, he was a kind, compassionate, silly four-year old boy who hadn't been feeling well for a few weeks.
Overnight, he became a resilient, responsible, mature-beyond-his years four-year-old boy who had been diagnosed with a life-altering disease.
Gavin has type 1 diabetes.
When his blood sugar is too high, he is in danger. When his blood sugar is too low, he is in danger. He is the strongest person I know and I am proud of him beyond words.
But he is not alone
Over 1.25 million Americans are currently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and experts expect that number to quadruple by 2050.
By supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) with a tax-deductible gift today, you're helping fund life-changing breakthroughs to make living with type 1 diabetes safer and healthier, until there is a cure.
100% OF YOUR DONATION THROUGH THIS LINK WILL BE DIRECTED TO JDRF!
Thank you for your support!
My heart couldn't be more full for you, for your son and for all the families made stronger because of you!
If my father (a PGA pro) was alive he would be right with you as his granddaughter has juvenile diabetes and his wife had type 2. In all of their honor I will pray for a cure and your success!
Pete, I'm donating today in honor of my Dad, who passed away exactly 15 years ago today. He loved golf and would probably want to take this trip with you! I'm also donating (Part II) for my nephew, who suffers from diabetes, juvenile onset. Good luck!
Thanks for all you are doing, Pete, from two parents of a fifteen-year-old with T1D to another.
What a great way to honor your father and celebrate with your son! Enjoy your golf adventure!
We are friends of Jared Wiley's parents. Carrie forwarded your story to me because our daughter also has Type 1. Blessings to you, your son, and your endeavors!
David Houze and Michelle Moore
What a wonderful combination of love, life, desire and commitment. Wishing the best for your wholesome adventure.
Pete, what you're doing is extraordinary! Wishing you all the best over the next 32 days!
What a tribute to your dad! And love that your kids (and sweet Sarah) are alongside you for the ride! Enjoy your last 24 days, you can do it!!
Making a donation for our family friend recently diagnosed with Type 1. I have enjoyed following you!
Pete, we wish you the best on your journey! "As you walk down the fairway of life, you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round." - Ben Hogan
David and Sharon Wilhelm
So glad you were able to follow through with your vision! Hit em straight!
Fore you, your family, and all you do. What an amazing thing to do!
Great idea!! I started following you from New Mexico--my dad is staying with me know--I cherish time with him more now after i started following your quest...Thanks!
I come from a golfing family, introduced to the game by my father. My brother was diagnosed at age 29 with type 1 diabetes. I'm 60 years old and was diagnosed with type 1 about 2 years ago. I can't imagine the struggle and responsibility it takes for a 4-year-old to deal with this disease.
Pete - what a great way to honor your father! Looks like you are enjoying every minute of it. Stay strong!
Love what you are doing. You are honoring your father & son both. Best wishes as you continue
Pete - you left a note on my car at WHCC and I chatted with your wife while playing there May 31 (I'm the guy with the CURE T1D license plate). My daughter was diagnosed in 2008 at the age of seven. On behalf of the entire T1D community, thank you!
What an amazing adventure for a great cause!
Good luck on your journey!
Pete! Good luck! Every step of the way! Be safe! Enjoy every minute!
John and Marna Gutman
We are so very proud of you!
Hey Pete, best of luck for your fundraising. It is an awful disease.
Pete- we are so in awe of what you and Gavin are doing- keep it up!!!
Pete, as a long-time XRT & Lin's Bin listener, I am happy to support your terrific fundraiser! All the best to you and your son on your journey!
We're enjoying following your travels! Many lives will be touched by your journey.
You guys are such an amazing family. We have enjoyed watching your journey, and wish you the best!!
Jen and Dan McNulty
We're so proud of you for creating such a meaningful fundraiser to honor your dad and to raise money for diabetes research.
Best of luck Pete - from the team at Ideas United. As golfers ourselves and folks touched by diabetes on several fronts, we love what you're doing and wish you all the best on your journey.
Pete -- I really admire what you are doing. Good luck on the adventure.
Pete, this is a wonderful cause that you have undertaken. Somehow I have evaded it so far but the rest of my family (parents and siblings) have diabetes. Thank you for your efforts!
Pete, you're an inspiration for discovering your purpose and then making it all happen. Hit 'em straight!
Pete, Good luck on your trip and on the golf course!
Go, Pete, go! You are amazing!
Pete, From your old Illini classmates - "Friends of Forbes". We're happy to support such a worthy cause. You're doing a fantastic job - what an amazing tribute to your Dad and son as well! Mike Zuba. Beth (Neal) Gonzales, Kim Noah, John Tilson and Donna (Sreniawski) Cahill.
I admire the determination and hard work it's taken you to pull this off, Pete. Proud to donate to the cause to support you and also to honor my mom & Ron's dad--both of whom died as a direct result of Type II diabetes.
Kate Culligan and Josh Comfort
Good luck, Pete! Your campaign comes from your heart and soul! I'm sure you will succeed! Josh and I fully support you!
It is my honor to support you! Thank you for all you do!
Best of luck on your journey!! We will be following you!
What a great cause! Good Luck and enjoy the golf!
You are an inspiration!
Good Luck Pete!! So in awe of your drive and determination. Can't wait to follow your progress. Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you embark on this amazing journey!
Beth and Ralph Gonzales
Thank you for your tireless effort to raise money for this important cause-JDRF! Go get em, Pete!
Keep up the good work!
This journey will be incredible! Your optimism and tenacity are an inspiration!
The Donovan Family
We wish you the very best on this amazing adventure and can't wait to follow along with you on your blog.
Happy to support. Good luck this summer playing 50FF!
What an inspiring road trip this will be! I'm looking forward to tracking your journey!
This is so great!! Good luck on your adventure! :)
Joe and Marcie Bonanno
Marcie and I are happy to donate to your JDRF fundraiser. I look forward to hearing about your travels during our next golf trip!
Best wishes, Pete, on this amazing adventure to find a cure!
This is for all the kids with diabetes.
Pete -- you're crazy. Love it! Inspiring story from a great storyteller for a very worth cause. Good luck!
I wish you the very best as you pursue this very worthy goal.
Very creative way to honor your father and support your son and so many others. I am looking forward to tracking your route and seeing the courses you play. All my best to you.
Lisa Maurer Hoewischer
What an amazing story. There is nothing more important than family. So proud that you are a part of our family, Pete.
Love everything about this project Pete!! Looking forward to following your journey:)
Good luck on such an amazing feat.
Murphy and Carol Huston
So proud of you, Pete! Your dad is proud as well. Can't wait to see you this summer. My thanks to Rudy at The Sanctuary for allowing us to play for the cause!
Kristin and Geoffrey Scott
Excited to follow your journey! I admire your courage!
Gavin, you are an AWESOME kid! I'm so happy that your whole family is a big part of our life!
Rich and Jennifer Gross
Way to go Pete! We are so proud of what you are doing!
Good luck with your journey.
Hit 'em straight and true, Pete!
Paige and Frank Puc
We wish you all the best on your journey! Thanks for doing this, Pete.
Scott and Andrea Miller
Good on you, Pete. Safe travels!
This is a truly amazing fundraiser. We admire every part of this and we'll be following your journey!
Stay strong, Gavin!
Pete, what a great way to honor your father. Let's find a cure!
So proud to know you! Good luck! Looking forward to following your progress. What a great cause!
So excited to follow your experience as you play 50 courses in 50 states in 50 days. You are an awesome son, father, brother, brother-in-law, friend... Let's find a cure for TID!
Pete, great cause.. cheers and safe travels
What a great tribute to your Dad! All the best.
Hit 'em long and straight, and not too often, Pete. Congratulations on your work for such a great cause!
Bob and Sondra Barklay
Happy to help our very good friends.
Scott and Beth Baran
Good luck, Pete, with this noble cause!
Best of luck on your journey. JDRF is an incredible cause.
Joe and Caryn McArdle
Pete... accept this on behalf of Andrea's mom. She's moved and inspired by your story and passion.
Jim and Julie Haverty
Go get 'em, Pete. Have fun. Be safe. We love you!
We wish you all the best on your journey!
Kristen Larson and Mike Sassan
Live large, Pete!
Lori and Harold Brown
Pete, good Luck on this very important goal! Looking forward to hearing all about your adventure.
This is an amazing challenge for an amazing cause. Go get 'em!
Chris and Kathy Campbell
Pete, you are doing a wonderful thing! Good luck!
What a great adventure and cause. You should be ready for the Senior Tour by the end of this.