Leather Goods Retailer, Saddleback Leather, Joins JDRF’s Fundraising Century Ride in Death Valley

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Saddleback Leather, a premium online leather goods retailer, participated in JDRF’s recent Death Valley Century Ride, all in an effort to raise awareness and funds to combat Juvenile Diabetes.

Dave Munson, president and owner of Saddleback Leather, purveyor of high quality Leather Goods, recently completed the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s (JDRF) Death Valley Century Ride in southern California’s notoriously harsh Death Valley, held October 17th through the 20th. The ride’s primary focus was to raise funds for Type 1 diabetes awareness and treatment and, to that end, the ride was exceedingly successful.

After Dave’s niece, Grace, was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes he became active in supporting JDRF’s goals. The leather products entrepreneur channeled his substantial energies to help not only his niece, but others affected by the disease. “We felt it was important to not just support JDRF financially but to also give our time and presence by showing up and getting on a bike and riding.” To that end, Dave additionally recruited others to participate in the event besides his own commitment in doing so.

Accompanying Dave on the ride was Saddleback Leather’s essay contest winner, Dr. Robin Ross of Grand Blanc, Michigan, who specializes in retinopathy treatment, which is a frequent need from the disease. “Cycling a ‘Century’ through Death Valley pays homage to the countless number of my patients who I have personally watched suffer with this disease,” she says. “It allows the real unsung heroes, the patients, to support a person fighting on their behalf, a voice to make change. Raising funds for Team Grace will show my local community that vision is really much more than eyesight.”

Saddleback Leather also garnered support from leather goods manufacturer, TrueBlue Production, producer of Saddleback’s notoriously rugged line of quality leather products. Saddleback’s primary transportation partner, Chamberlain Shipping of Fort Worth, TX, also supported the Death Valley bike ride’s fundraising efforts.

About Saddleback Leather:

Saddleback Leather began on a wing and a prayer (literally) in Juarez, Mexico, in 2003 when English teacher, Dave Munson needed to find a bag. Miraculously, he found a leather smith who agreed to make him one based on Dave’s own design and the rest, as they say, is history. After going through several iterations since the early days, the company has developed a stunningly rugged yet captivating line of leather goods. Saddleback designs and its production affiliate, TrueBlue, manufactures a wide range of leather bags for casual and business use, luggage, wallets, belts and accessories. Saddleback Leather’s goal is stated simply: “To love people around the world by making excessively high quality, tough and functional leather designs.” For additional information, please visit http://www.saddlebackleather.com.

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