BLACKFOOT â€” Susan Jensen and Colleen Morgan are rollin' out their cause in a big way. The annual rally for Type 1 Diabetes known as "Rollin' for a Cause" is the result of the cumulative efforts of two ladies who saw the heartache and financial distress caused by the disease and wanted to make a difference. The team is affecting the lives of several Bingham County residents who know firsthand the difficulties of diabetes.
The proceeds of the event will be going to local families struggling with the extra medical expenses of Type 1 Diabetes.
Susan said, "We didn't have a problem choosing them; we had a hard time finding them." Most families struggle silently trying to pay out of pocket costs of the disease while trying to maintain their family life. The cause tries to target families that "fall through the cracks." said Morgan.
Morgan testifies of what the fundraiser means to so many, "To see the families know the pressure is off their shoulders for one more year, the relief that they see."
Jensen said the impact of the fundraiser is a more personal one. Having lost her daughter Camille to Type 1 Diabetes at a young age, Jensen has passion, drive and focus for the project. The rally has healed her in unexplained ways. Jensen and Morgan have set up a scholarship program under Camille's name, sponsored by Rollin', to help those with Type 1 Diabetes or those living with someone who is affected by the disease.
The fundraiser has done more for the families than just give them relief financially. Morgan and Jensen told stories of the families rallying together for support and pouring energy into "Rollin' for a Cause". For example, one family built a wooden lemonade stand to sell lemonade, hand out free water and provide educational pamphlets out at other fundraisers for diabetes under the "Rollin'" name.
This year raffle tickets will be available at the rally. Homeland Auto has generously donated a 1994 Dodge Ram Custom Van with 166,000 miles and an excellent interior. The van can be converted into a wheelchair- accessible van. Homeland owner has stated that, if the person who wins the van would like something else, he will take it back on trade and work out a deal on a different vehicle. The van is currently at Bower's Collision. Other prizes include $500 gift certificate from Les Schwab, Hogle Zoo tickets,River Rafting in Moab, Utah; tickets to Roaring Springs Water Park in Boise, pit passes with VIP seating to the Demolition Derby and more. Tickets for these and other prize items are $10 for an "arms length" or half for $5. Individual tickets may be purchased at $1.
Helping with the benefit, an enthusiastic group of ZUMBA instructors from two different gyms have combined their efforts to hold an evening of classes with all proceeds going directly to "Rollin' for a Cause". The class will take place Monday, Aug. 6, in the Gold's Gym parking lot. Two classes will begin at 6 p.m. The Rollin' lemonade stand will be present with its sugar-free lemonade and water. Recommended donation for the class is $3.
The Rollin' for a Cause rally will proceed from Blackfoot after registration at Premier Technology's Car and Bike Show at 10 am. Saturday, Aug. 4. The rally will then roll out with stops in Inkom, Lava Hot Springs, Pocatello and back to the Blackfoot Elks Lodge for dinner at 6 p.m. Those with minivans, trucks, mopeds and fifth wheels are encouraged to join in the thundering of motorcycles engines as they hit the pavement in an event to change lives of those affected by Type 1 Diabetes. The ride is $10, plus $5 for an additional rider. The cost includes entry into a raffle. Advanced ticket sales for dinner at the Elks Lodge for the evening of Aug 4, is encouraged, $8 per adult $3 for children. Tickets can be purchased from the Elks Lodge 785-1080, Susan Jensen 681-4846, Hillary Chavez 681-1841 or Colleen Morgan 870-8562.