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Abby Kalkbrenner gets ready to ride to help cure type one diabetes

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Abby Kalkbrenner is training for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Ride to Cure Diabetes. Each day, about 80 people are diagnosed with type one diabetes in the U.S.

"I've been type one diabetic for 17 years," said Abby Kalkbrenner.

Abby was 12 years old when she started having symptoms.

"I just remember being very thirsty and very tired," said Kalkbrenner.

A trip to the doctor revealed her blood sugar was more than 800.

"Type 1 diabetes is basically the pancreas doesn't produce insulin. So I'm insulin dependent. I wear an insulin pump everyday, 24/7," said Abby Kalkbrenner.

The 29-year-old must check her blood sugar between eight to 12 times a day.

"It's a daily struggle constantly worrying about highs and lows," said Kalkbrenner.

Abby Kalkbrenner wants to do her part to help find a cure for type one diabetes. She said she's participated in JDRF walks before, but this will be her first Ride to Cure Diabetes. The bike ride Abby and her husband chose is 72 miles in Lake Tahoe in early September.

"Looks like there's a couple hills," said Kalkbrenner.

Right now she's training in her basement, but she's excited for warmer weather to start training outside. She also hopes to do a couple days of RAGBRAI this summer to help her get in shape.

Kalkbrenner and her husband hope to raise $8,000 for the JDRF to fund research to find a cure.

"It'd be wonderful to find a cure. Maybe not in my lifetime, but definitely for the younger kids so they don't have to deal with this everyday," she said.

After 17 years, Abby Kalkbrenner said she's used to living with diabetes, but it isn't easy.

With each spin of her bike tire, she hopes the JDRF is getting closer to finding a cure.

To donate to Abby Kalkbrenner and her husband, click here.

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