JERSEY?SHORE - The "Ride for Rorie" motorcycle ride and dice run will be held Aug. 23 to benefit Rorie Adams, a 16-month-old little girl who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.
On March 26, 2013, Rorie Adams was born a healthy baby girl to Melissa and CJ Adams, of Montgomery.
In June this year, Melissa Adams said that she noticed that Rorie wasn't feeling well and began to show some out-of-character behavior, so she made an appointment with a doctor and on June 23, Rorie was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.
Shown is Rorie Adams, left, with her brother Gabe. Rorie was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in June. A benefit ride will be held in her honor Aug. 23.
"I was in shock. I didn't know how I was going to move my feet and get to the car, I just started crying," Melissa Adams said.
The family traveled to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville that same day for further testing. The doctors told Melissa and CJ that Rorie's pancreas no longer produced insulin and she now is dependent on insulin. If they had waited two more days to see a doctor, Rorie could have gone into a coma.
Rorie spent several days in the Janet Wise Children's Hospital, where her parents also learned how to care for her.
"Over those days, doctors, nutritionists and diabetes educators came in and talked to us," Melissa said. "I called it a three-day crash course because on Thursday the pediatric endocrinologist came in and quizzed me for a half hour."
Today, Rorie is doing well and her parents, who also have a 4-year-old son, Gabe, are continuing their education on how to care for their daughter. Every day is a learning experience for all of them.
"She gets tested before every meal, at bedtime and I have to get up in the middle of the night around 2 a.m. and check her," Melissa said. At any point, her insulin is too high or too low, we treat that."
Since the diagnosis, medical bills have begun to pile up. The "Ride for Rorie" fundraiser is meant to help take a bit of the financial burden off of the family.
CJ's co-worker, Carla Murphy, thought of the idea for the benefit ride after finding out about Rorie's diagnosis.
"My heart sank so deep into my chest that I felt that I couldn't breathe," Murphy said. "I knew that I wanted to do something, I just wasn't sure what."
Murphy talked with her son, a member of the 118Ryderz, who agreed to host the event for the family.
Event coordinators include Josh Porter, 118Ryderz leader; Melissa Porter, Justin Diehl, Andrew Frantz, Thomas Hutton and Murphy.
During the 80-mile ride, there will be several stops along the way for the dice run.
At each stop, those who participate in the dice run will roll dice and record their total. Two prizes will be awarded at the end - one for the highest total and for the lowest total.
"I have volunteered on many different events throughout my life. ... I am a firm believer that it is better to give than to receive," Murphy said.
Melissa said she wants to help educate others on the disease and has joined groups on Facebook and is sharing her newly-found knowledge with others.
"It's a constant worry, and I know over time that it will get easier, but it will never go away. She won't outgrow it. She can't control it with diet. We are her pancreas right now, we are keeping her alive until the day she is old enough to take care of herself," Melissa said. "It's a bigger deal than what some people think and I want people to know that. I share a lot on Facebook and in real-life conversations with people about her care. I want to educate (others) as much as possible."
Registration for the ride, which will be hosted by 118Ryderz, will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the South Avis Inn, Maryland Ave. The ride will conclude at the Montgomery Borough Park, where donated items will be auctioned off and a dinner will be served. There is a fee for the dice run and dinner and additional donations will be accepted to benefit the Adams family.
"We will be having information available at the Montgomery Borough Park about the signs and symptoms of Diabetes," Murphy said. "Although we can't change this disease for Rorie, we can just show her our love and support."
For more information, contact Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org.