Charlie Lawrence is Co-Founder (with wife Donna) of Ulster County JDF, (Juvenile Diabetes Foundation) as it was known in 1975.Both Charlie and Donna have continued to be JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) volunteers, spanning 40 years.Charlie has served on local, state, and national committees in various aspects of advocacy, strategic planning, and volunteer recruitment. He's also been involved in training, fundraising, event planning, and management, including galas, walks, and the Ride to Cure Diabetes. He will be riding in his13th Ride in LaCrosse WI, and has previously participated in 12 other rides...Death Valley, California (10 times) Killington, VT, and Tucson, AZ.As a Family Ride Team for the Hudson Valley Chapter of JDRF, Charlie (and son Chad, daughter Melissa as riders, and wife Donna as a route volunteer) has raised over $133,000. Both Chad and Melissa have T1D.
Melissa (Lawrence) Winters has had T1D for 21 years. She is a Walk to Cure Diabetes (now "One Walk") Committee member for the Ulster County Walk, as part of the Northeastern NY JDRF Chapter. She will be riding in her 5th Ride to Cure Diabetes for the Hudson Valley Chapter of JDRF in the 2015 La Crosse, WI event.Previously, she has completed 4 other rides; three in Death Valley, and one in Tucson.
Chad Lawrence was diagnosed in 1974 at the age of 23 months. He has never let diabetes stop him from being active in cycling. He will be riding in his 13th Ride in LaCrosse WI, and has previously participated in 12 other rides (Death Valley, CA 10 times, Killington, VT, and Tucson, AZ). He is an avid mountain biker, road biker, and continues racing BMX.
Donna Lawrence coordinates many of the Lawrence Family Ride Team fundraising events, including knitting her fingers to the bone to create scarves and othercrafts to sell on behalf of the ride. She also serves on the Walk to Cure Diabetes (now "One Walk") Committee for the Ulster County Walk, aspart of the Northeastern NY JDRF Chapter.
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