The Morning News â€“ Katie Harris
Susan Jensen (left) and Colleen Morgan are hoping the community is ready to roll with them as they work to raise money to benefit children with diabetes in Bingham County.
BLACKFOOT â€“ Longtime Blackfoot residents Susan Jensen and Colleen Morgan have found a cause close to their hearts and they are going full throttle to make "Rollin' for a Cause" a success. All money raised will go directly to children in Bingham County living with juvenile diabetes.
Jensen's oldest daughter, Camille Coles--best known as Cami-- was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes when she was seven years old. Then, at just 12 years of age Cami died from complications.
It was over a year ago when Jensen's friend Colleen Morgan first asked her to help organize a fundraiser for the cause. Morgan was watching friends struggle to cope with this disease. She says her heart ached to watch families worry about their child's health and then worry about how to pay for crucial medical treatment and supplies, all while navigating the medical system and adjusting to life with diabetes.
Morgan and Jensen have spent significant time considering what to do and how to help. Hence, the creation of "Rollin' for a Cause". Which Morgan says "gives her sleepless nights because she is so excited."
The fundraiser is scheduled for July 30 and includes several events throughout the day. There will be ride, dinner, auction and dance--all events have people coming forward in a big way to make it a success.
"We are looking for diabetic children in Bingham County who could use some financial assistance," said Jensen. "It is amazing how many people are affected by this. Please tell us who you are. Let us help. It is important that these families know they are not alone. We are going to do something big to help and we want to help as many kids as we can."
The exact kind of help will be determined on an individual basis. Organizers say it will totally depend on what kind of help they need.
Morgan says "not a time goes by that I am not thinking what can I do next?"
Jensen adds "there are no limits here, we are thinking big and businesses and individuals are showing up big."
"Rollin' for a Cause" will begin at 10 a.m. July 30. Riders will meet at the Hitching Post in Blackfoot to check in at 11 a.m. They will ride to Red Pony in Inkom, then on to Blue Moon in Lava, then 5 Mile in Chubbuck and back to the Elks Lodge in Blackfoot. All wheels are welcome on the ride. The cost is $10 and includes raffle tickets. Cost for an additional passenger is $5.
Organizers said "this is obviously for adults, but we have planned a wide variety of events to get the most participation possible."
Families and children are invited to a dinner at the Elks Lodge, beginning at 6 p.m., followed by a live auction at 7 p.m. and a dance at 9 p.m.
"Awareness and education are so important," said Jensen. "People need to understand what these children go through. We have tried to think outside the box with this and we hope it will make a difference. If you know a diabetic child in Bingham County call us and suggest a name. We need help to find them and we will do all we can to help."
If you would like to contribute an account has been established at Idaho Central Credit Union, under "Rollin' for a Cause". To donate items or services for the auction contact Jensen at 681-4846 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Morgan at 870-8562 or email@example.com.