|Andrew Benzinger, 4,|
Many years ago, Sam Benzinger was a young man in my history class. Today he's a grandfather with a grandson, Andrew, 4, with type-1 diabetes. I think Sam would admit he used to be a hell-raiser when he was a boy (not that I ever had to give him any punishments, no matter what he might try to tell you today). Now Mr. Benzinger is a fund raiser, involved in all kinds of great charity causes. He and his girlfriend, Samantha Tipton, seem to look out for every human being with a problem they can possibly find; and I'm honored to know them.
This past weekend, when it was broiling hot, they were sitting under a tent awning, counting up $1,000 that will go towards a JDRF donation. They had other help, too. Samantha's son and girlfriend were there, both still smiling, but sweating. So was Jason Durbin, age 33, a type-1 diabetic and family man himself.
|Jason and Evan Durbin|
There's no way of knowing when that's going to come or what advances we will see in the medical field. But I know a few people who were working last week to raise money and make that dream come true sooner rather than later.
I think bicycling to raise money is easy, compared to raising a young son and dealing with your diabetes issues while you do it. So hats off to Jason. And I have a suspiscion you'll see Sam and Samantha hard at work next year again.
|Sam and Samantha like to do Renaissance Fairs and there befriended a young lady in a wheelchair.|
You'll be happy to know they I.D.ed in the 1400s, too.