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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – It’s a record-breaking year for the annual JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes in La Crosse.

More than 500 bikers rode Saturday to support the cause, bringing them about $1.5 million closer to finding a cure.

JDRF is an organization that raises money and awareness for Type 1 diabetes, sponsoring five rides nationally this year.

This is the eighth year the JDRF ride is in La Crosse, drawing cyclists from across the country.

Before riders took off at 7 a.m., the day was just breaking at Riverside Park, but there’s no time to waste on the journey to finding a cure.

“I’m ready to ride,” Iowa resident Steve Graham said.

“JDRF’s vision is a world without type one diabetes. It’s very simple,” said Derek Rapp, president and CEO of JDRF International.

Graham has biked in the JDRF ride in various locations since the company he works for, Hyvee, first challenged him 10 years ago.

“Everyone out here’s got your back,” Graham said. “I thought it’d be one and done, yeah I’ll go do that, then you see how many lives you can change,” said.

Graham didn’t personally know anyone who has Type 1 diabetes, so he was paired up with a youth ambassador who does…

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