with your help, we will find a cure for diabetes

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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.


why i played, parT two

My Son

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. 


Thank you for your support!



Nancy Davis

My heart couldn't be more full for you, for your son and for all the families made stronger because of you! 

Shirley Lisk

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!

Terri Gregori

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!

Cassandra Freeland

Thanks for all you are doing, Pete, from two parents of a fifteen-year-old with T1D to another.

Laura Stammer

What a great way to honor your father and celebrate with your son! Enjoy your golf adventure!

Julie Myers

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. 

Beth Tyburski

Pete, what you're doing is extraordinary! Wishing you all the best over the next 32 days!

Kristy Pinschenat

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!!

Michele Kalinowski

Making a donation for our family friend recently diagnosed with Type 1.  I have enjoyed following you!

Kim Zavislak

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! 

Chris Cwiak

Fore you, your family, and all you do. What an amazing thing to do!

Franklin Romero

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!

Tom Viers

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.

Paul Francois

Pete - what a great way to honor your father!  Looks like you are enjoying every minute of it.  Stay strong!

Christy Gale

Love what you are doing.  You are honoring your father & son both.  Best wishes as you continue

Craig Grant

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!

Mary Lashuk

What an amazing adventure for a great cause!

Scott Pfannenstein
Good luck on your journey!

Karyn Bohannon

Pete! Good luck! Every step of the way! Be safe! Enjoy every minute! 

John and Marna Gutman

We are so very proud of you!

Matt Creen

Hey Pete, best of luck for your fundraising. It is an awful disease.

Kristin Richner

Pete- we are so in awe of what you and Gavin are doing- keep it up!!!

Elizabeth Meisterling

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!

Christine Held

We're enjoying following your travels!  Many lives will be touched by your journey.

Tracy Plummer

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. 

Christopher Hale

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. 

John Folkers

Pete -- I really admire what you are doing.  Good luck on the adventure.

Bill Gilbert

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!

Joe Sabo

Pete, you're an inspiration for discovering your purpose and then making it all happen.  Hit 'em straight!

William O'Brien

Pete,  Good luck on your trip and on the golf course!

Beth Cooper

Go, Pete, go! You are amazing!

Mike Zuba

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.

Patti Reilly-Murphy

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!

Marlene Mascera

It is my honor to support you! Thank you for all you do!

Shelly Quillin

Best of luck on your journey!! We will be following you! 

Chris Schenk

What a great cause! Good Luck and enjoy the golf!

Nancy Winget

You are an inspiration!

Elise Archual

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!

Dave Suarez

Keep up the good work!

Jennifer Gundling

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. 

Kristin Grimshaw

Happy to support. Good luck this summer playing 50FF! 

Matthew Garrison 

What an inspiring road trip this will be! I'm looking forward to tracking your journey!

Jill Collier

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! 

Barb Siska

Best wishes, Pete, on this amazing adventure to find a cure! 

Lynne Blom

This is for all the kids with diabetes. 

John Ness

Pete -- you're crazy. Love it! Inspiring story from a great storyteller for a very worth cause. Good luck! 

Brad Nadolson

I wish you the very best as you pursue this very worthy goal. 

Cynthia Johnson

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.

Kathleen Arkus

Love everything about this project Pete!! Looking forward to following your journey:) 

Terri Szabo

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! 

Heidi Shiffer

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!

Chris Johnson

Good luck with your journey.

Mike Fulwider

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! 

Lauren Glaros

This is a truly amazing fundraiser. We admire every part of this and we'll be following your journey! 

Marv Briskey

Stay strong, Gavin!

Jodi Clark

Pete, what a great way to honor your father. Let's find a cure! 

Kimberly Parks

So proud to know you! Good luck! Looking forward to following your progress. What a great cause! 

Sally Gross

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! 

George Maragos

Pete, great cause.. cheers and safe travels 

David Kaye

What a great tribute to your Dad! All the best. 

Mike DeRiso

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!    

Carol Harting

Best of luck on your journey. JDRF is an incredible cause. 

Joe and Caryn McArdle

Go baby...GO! 

Scott Miller

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! 

Lauren Todd

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.

Sara Dunn

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!

John Brehmer

What a great adventure and cause. You should be ready for the Senior Tour by the end of this.