This year, my 13 year old daughter and I decided to do something epic....ride our bikes 100 miles through Death Valley, CA and raise money for the JDRF to find a cure and better treatments for type 1 diabetes. My daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 6. Over the years I have participated in various JDRF events and have raised quite a bit of much needed dollars for research. This year was going to be different. My daughter, who is living with this disease, made a commitment to do something way beyond what many people could think a 13 year with type 1 diabetes could do...ride 100 miles through Death Valley. We began training earlier this year and to date have raised just about $11,000! Our bikes were picked up last Sunday to be shipped out to Death Valley for the ride scheduled to take place on Saturday 10/19. The problem is, the ride is almost entirely through Death Valley National Park and all roads are closed. We received word from the JDRF on Friday that, due to the shutdown and the likelihood of it continuing through this week, the ride is cancelled. Obviously, my daughter and I were very upset by this cancellation but understand why the JDRF had to make this decision. We blame this entirely on all those in Washington who have refused to do their jobs and to represent the people who voted them into office. The good thing is that the money raised will still go to research and that is the primary goal. However, we will have to wait another year to see if we can try again to achieve our goal to ride 100 miles through Death Valley, CA.