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Hundreds ‘Ride to Cure Diabetes’

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – More than 200 people got on their bike to Ride to Cure Diabetes Saturday.

The ride, hosted by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, is 100 miles long and takes bikers through parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.

Saturday's ride raised about $653,000, according to JDRF. The money will be used to fund research to find better treatments and ultimately a cure for Type 1 diabetes.

Type 1 is when a person's pancreas stops producing insulin. At the moment, there is no cure or preventative treatment, according to JDRF.

"It never goes away. That's why JDRF is so important – that we find different types of cures. There's not gonna be an ‘a ha' moment, as they say, one day where you're going to flip a switch and diabetes is going to be gone. It's gonna change what's gonna happen," said Lorne Shiff, member of the JDRF International Board.

The La Crosse ride is one of six hosted in the U.S. Ride to Cure raises about $6 million nationwide.

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