Tremco Roofing Employee With Type 1 Diabetes Leads Cyclists in 100-Mile Ride to Cure Diabetes

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A team of South New Jersey cyclists, led by a Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance employee, will be traveling to Tahoe, Nevada, and Tucson, Arizona, to ride in the fight against type 1 diabetes. The team has currently raised almost $40,000 in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

A team of South New Jersey cyclists, led by a Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance employee, will be traveling to Tahoe, Nevada, and Tucson, Arizona, to ride in the fight against type 1 diabetes. The team has currently raised almost $40,000 in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

The group of 10 cyclists is led by coach and trainer J. Michael Chadwick, Tremco’s roofing advisor supporting Southern New Jersey. Chadwick, of Woolwich Township, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes almost 29 years ago, at the age of six. However, he has not let this stop him from leading an active lifestyle, from hammer and discus throwing in college to participating in the Philadelphia marathon last year. He will travel with six other riders from the South Jersey Ride Team to participate in the century ride in Tucson.

While all the riders from JDRF’s South Jersey Chapter have some sort of connection to type 1 diabetes, Chadwick is the only one on the team to have the disease himself. He currently uses an insulin pump, a device that is attached to him all day and continuously drips a basal rate of insulin, while allowing for delivery of extra insulin after meals or in cases of high blood sugar. He also uses a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) that monitors his blood sugar every few minutes and alerts him to low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) or high blood sugar (hyperglycemia).

Chadwick is candid about the extra precautions he must take in his training to ride 100 miles. “Training with diabetes offers unique challenges. I have to know when and what to eat to fuel my body to avoid hypoglycemia during the ride. I also have to know what base rates to use on my pump so I don’t drop low after the ride. Through experience I have learned how my body is going to react to increased mileage. I have to protect my pump and continuous glucose monitor while sweating on the ride. All of this is just as important to a type 1 cyclist as wearing a helmet.”

As coach of the South Jersey Ride Team, Chadwick is responsible for recruiting riders, scheduling practice rides, and helping each rider with their individual challenges to reach their mileage goal. “The biggest challenges are finding the time to train and supporting each rider at their own level of experience. Beyond that, it’s pretty easy—everyone is determined to do their best at the Ride to Cure Diabetes!”

About JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)
JDRF is a leader in setting the agenda for diabetes research worldwide and is the largest charitable funder and advocate of type 1 diabetes research. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Type 1 diabetes is a chronic autoimmune disease which strikes children and adults suddenly and requires multiple daily injections of insulin or a continuous infusion of insulin through a pump. Insulin, however, is not a cure for diabetes, nor does it prevent its eventual and devastating complications, which may include kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke and amputation.

Since its founding in 1970 by parents of children with type 1 diabetes, JDRF has awarded more than $1.5 billion to diabetes research, including more than $107 million in FY2010. More than 80 percent of JDRF's expenditures directly support research and research-related education.

For more information, visit the JDRF South Jersey website at http://www.jdrf.org/southjersey or call 856-429-1101.

About Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance
Headquartered in Beachwood, Ohio, Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance helps manage building life cycles for customers in education, healthcare, government, manufacturing and many other industries. In business since 1928, Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance is a division of Tremco Incorporated, which is itself part of the RPM Building Solutions Group, an international leader in the construction, maintenance and repair markets. Tremco Roofing works closely with Tremco Incorporated subsidiary WTI, which provides general contracting and roofing services; both Tremco Roofing and WTI are ISO 9001:2000 certified. To learn more about us, visit http://www.tremcoroofing.com or call toll-free at 800-562-2728.    

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