Canadian Embarks on Country-wide Motorcycle Trip to Raise Awareness for Type 1 Diabetes

    MONTREAL, Jan. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Michael Cole arrives in Montreal today on
his cross country motorcycle trip to raise awareness of type 1 diabetes and
funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Cole commenced his
fundraising tour in St. John's, NFLD on January 1 and will conclude in
Victoria, BC.
    "My goal is a world voice for diabetes," states Michael Cole. "I am
riding across Canada in January to make my voice heard and to raise awareness
of type 1 diabetes."
    Cole, 46, has lived with type 1 diabetes for 38 years. Diagnosed when he
was 8 1/2 years of age, Mike's ambition for this cross Canada motorcycle trip
is to raise awareness of type 1 diabetes, and raise funds for the Juvenile
Diabetes Research Foundation. His goal is to raise $100,000 for diabetes
research and to complete the ride within three weeks.
    "On behalf of JDRF Montreal, we are pleased to welcome Mike as he passes
through," says Denis Lalonde, Regional Manager, JDRF Montreal. "Mike's
Canada-wide fundraising and awareness campaign is much appreciated by the over
200,000 Canadians living with type 1 diabetes."
    During this 7,000km ride across Canada, Michael's stops will include
Halifax, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto,
Sudbury, Sault St. Marie, Thunder Bay, Kenora, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary,
Edmonton, Jasper, Kamloops, Vancouver and Victoria.

    About the Harley Ride across Canada

    The Harley Ride across Canada is a third party fundraising event for the
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Michael Cole will ride his 1995 Harley
Davidson softail custom motorcycle across Canada beginning January 1, 2009
departing from St. John's, NFLD. Mike, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes
when he was eight years old, wants to raise funds and awareness of type 1
diabetes and the growing number of people being diagnosed with type 1
diabetes. Mike will be making stops in various major centres across Canada
asking for support to fund a cure.

    About JDRF

    Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is the leading charitable
funder and advocate of type 1 diabetes research worldwide. Our mission is to
find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of
research. JDRF has been fundamentally involved in the support and delivery of
diabetes research advances. Our resilience, passion and progress in research
towards a cure, as well as advancements in science and management tools has
improved the lives of children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and the adults
living with this disease. The Foundation is structured on a business-world
model that efficiently and effectively directs resources to research aimed at
finding a cure as soon as possible. For more information, please visit

For further information:

For further information: or to schedule an interview: Peter Kelber,
Harley Ride across Canada, Michael's Driver, (306) 591-2487,; Dominique Quirion, Juvenile Diabetes Research
Foundation, Communications, Montreal, (514) 744-5537 Ext. 231,

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