KTP hosts annual JDRF Awareness Ride and Poker Run

Motorcyclists from across Kentuckiana were invited to take part in the annual JDRF event at the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant

On Sunday, August 18, over a hundred motorcyclists gathered at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant as part of the annual 1-and 2-day awareness ride and poker run.

Only a small percentage of people living with diabetes have type 1 diabetes (T1D) according the JDRF, so it makes sense that not many people know the unique challenges faced by those living with T1D. JDRF is a non-profit organization that funds diabetes research and is the only global organization with a strategic research plan to end type 1 diabetes.

The organization got a big boost in donations from motorcyclists and fundraising activities from the event - almost $10,000 was raised with 100% of the event proceeds going towards researching a cure for juvenile diabetes.

Riders and volunteers showed up for the 1-day ride (2nd leg of the 2-day trek) despite the heat and humidity, including a number of UAW-Ford retirees and motorcycle aficionados.

“It’s wonderful to see all these people that aren’t just here on a poker run. We're here to turn Type 1 into Type NONE. We ride every year to support JDRF, the Ford people are always great and we really depend on their help and support,” said motorcyclists and participant Louis Hamilton who rode along with his daughter Claire who is Type 1.

Ford KTP retiree and JDRF volunteer James Reece led riders along the 80-mile route across Kentuckiana which ended about 40-miles south west of the plant at Mike Linnig's restaurant on Cane Run Rd in South Louisville. Particpants were treated to music, games and a full buffet of food.

The Awareness Ride is just one of several fundraising events hosted/sponsored by the UAW-Ford and KTP to benefit JDRF. The next KTP/JDRF event is the annual car show, Rods on the River, on September 15 that will be held at Louisville Water Tower Park.

KTP hosts annual JDRF Awareness Ride and Poker Run

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