Valicom Team Member to Participate in "Death Valley" Ride for Juvenile Diabetes

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Valicom, a Madison-based telecom expense management firm, is proud to support long-time Project Manager Sandy Thompson in the Ride to Cure Diabetes. She will join more than 30 Madison-area members of Team Godspeed Jesse in Death Valley California October 16th for a 100-mile bicycle ride to raise funds for juvenile diabetes research.

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It's hard enough to raise twin toddlers. Now imagine raising twins that need multiple insulin injections and finger pokes each and every day

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Telecom expense management firm Valicom, is proud to support their own Sandy Thompson in the Ride to Cure Diabetes. Juvenile diabetes is a killer. Battling its affects can be a long, slow, painful process, which is probably why the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation chooses to host 100 mile bicycle rides for its fundraisers. The dedication and vigilance the riders must put into their training gives them a glimpse into the constant struggle facing those coping with the disease.

Sandy, a telecommunications audit Project Manager at Valicom, is well aware of that struggle. Her life changed drastically in March 2003 when her daughter Taylor was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes shortly after her first birthday. Then, three months later, Taylor’s twin sister Payton was also diagnosed. “It’s hard enough to raise twin toddlers. Now imagine raising twins that need multiple insulin injections and finger pokes each and every day,” says Sandy.

Since then, the twins and their family have lived with this chronic illness for seventeen years. And Sandy is not one to sit idly by and wait for a cure. She is actively fighting to help find one. As her daughters’ eighteenth birthday passes, and after months of training, Sandy will join over thirty other teammates from the Madison area on a journey to Death Valley California for the Ride to Cure Diabetes October 16th.

This will be Sandy’s second Ride for the Cure, having last participated in 2005, and she also plans to do the La Crosse, WI Ride for the Cure in 2011. She was motivated to begin riding again for the most heart-wrenching of reasons. The current team, “Godspeed Jesse”, is named after a close family friend of the Thompsons, a Madison-area teen who succumbed to diabetes earlier this year. Team members include many people affected by juvenile diabetes through a family member, a child, a friend or even themselves. Once in Death Valley, Sandy and Team Godspeed Jesse will join with other riders from across the country trying to reach a goal of $1 million dollars raised for diabetes research.

“It’s been an exciting, if exhausting, time for me. What I am taking from this experience is that I’m doing something really great for myself and for my community, while raising money and awareness of diabetes on my children’s behalf,” says Sandy. “If my daughters can manage their diabetes day in and day out for their entire young lives, then I can ride my bike 105 miles through the desert.”

For more information on the Ride to Cure Diabetes, visit    To donate to Sandy’s ride and Team Godspeed Jesse, visit their donor page.

For more information on Valicom, please contact Lacinda Athen at (800) 467-7226.

About Valicom:
Valicom is a Madison, WI based telecom expense management organization, founded in 1991. President and CEO, Nancy Peckham, operates Valicom as a certified, 100% woman-owned business. Valicom is a vendor independent and value-oriented provider offering validation of and control over telecom costs including voice, data, and wireless communications. Valicom offers a full suite of services including telecom audits, telecom invoice processing & payment, contract negotiations and more. Services are delivered utilizing Clearview, our user-friendly third generation telecom expense management software platform. Clearview can either be used as a web-delivered subscription software-as-a-service or as part of a comprehensive business outsourcing service. For more information, please visit

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