Kevin and Jennifer nervously awaited the doctor’s return. They had rushed their four-year old son, Holden, to the emergency room of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on the evening of December 17, 2009. Gone from their minds were all the things they thought needed to get done for Christmas.
Jen had taken Holden to the pediatrician earlier that day because he complained he didn’t feel well and was drinking and peeing a lot. The pediatrician told Jen to take Holden directly to CHOP. She was told she couldn’t go home first. They knew what the doctor was likely to say. They knew what the insatiable thirst and frequent urination were symptoms of because of Kevin’s late father. Still, they hoped for some other explanation. When the doctor finally returned, there wasn’t.
Holden had type one diabetes.
Following Holden’s diagnosis, life as their family knew it changed forever. They’ve adjusted to the relentless daily routine of blood testing, insulin administration and carb counting, but they refuse to accept this as their permanent reality.
This is what led to Holden’s Hope. Holden’s Hope is a group of south Jersey cyclists dedicated to supporting JDRF’s vision of a world without Type 1 diabetes. JDRF works every day to change the reality of this disease for millions of people – millions of people dealing with a disease 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Personally, our team is in this fight for Holden – a 13-year-old member of the team, who lives each day with the added burden of a disease he is now raising money to eradicate.
JDRF Beef and Beer Fundraiser ~ May 19th
To help in JDRF’s mission, Holden’s Hope Cycling will be hosting a Beef and Beer fundraiser benefiting JDRF on Saturday May 19, 2018 at the Ewan Fire Company, 312 Ewan Road in Mullica Hill from 6-10 p.m. Please consider joining the fight to free Holden and the millions of others from the grueling daily burden of T1D by joining us as a sponsor or with a product donation or service from your business.
To purchase your tickets for the Beef and Beer or make a donation of any size, please visit https://sites.google.com/view/holdenshopebenefit.