Posted: Oct 14, 2010 12:52 PM by Carina Corral
Updated: Oct 14, 2010 11:00 PM
An Atascadero couple has gone through what no parent should: in March they lost their 15-year-old son to type 1, or juvenile, diabetes.
It is an autoimmune disease that affects three million Americans.
It is treated with daily insulin injections and constant glucose monitoring.
" We're tired of seeing kids go through this terrible disease. Poke their selves everyday, test the numbers, go high go low be an emotional wreck," said Bob Nicholson, Trent's father.
Trent's parents, Bob and Jen, have trained for months for the ride of their life this Saturday.
" Instead of hiding in our house or, you know, doing what I would want to do, I'm doing what's right," said Jen.
They are taking part in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Ride for a Cure.
The event's goal is to raise $4.5 million for research.
It is a grueling 100 mile ride and half way through there is a brutal 1,800 foot climb.
Jen knows during her trek through Death Valley there will be an angel pushing her along.
" I think when I can't get up a hill, he helps me," said Jen while fighting back tears.
Trent was a regular at Go For It Sports in Atascadero. The folks there have also helped the Nicholson's along this journey. You could say Team Trent is paving a path for the future.
" Hopefully in a couple years, five ten years, whatever no body will have to deal with this and it'll be a thing of the past," said Bob.
Their goal is to raise $3,000 and they are half way there.