TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- The Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund estimates that nearly 15,000 children and 15,000 adults each year are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.
Five-year-old Crew Carlile of Tallahassee was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes several years ago when he was just three.
"Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks beta cells in the pancreas which creates the insulin, so the body is no longer able to produce insulin," said Crew's mother Andrea Carlile.
Not to be confused with more commonly known Type 2 Diabetes which can be influenced by diet and life habits, JDRF says Type 1 Diabetes is often linked to hereditary traits and can develop quickly.
While Crew may live the life of a typical 5-year-old, Andrea says there is plenty of care and attention Crew needs.
"He's used to it by now, he gets injections, he began with injection therapy, now he's on a pump," Andrea Carlile said. "He gets his blood sugar checked 8 to 10 times a day."
In an effort to raise awareness and funding for Type 1 Diabetes research, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of North Florida is hosting a "Cycling for a Cure" event next month.
VIDEO ABOVE: Andrea Carlile and Kim Bibeau, owner of Sweat Therapy Fitness, appeared on WTXL ABC27 Sunrise to talk about January's "Cycling for a Cure" event.
The "cycle-a-thon" will be held 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Sweat Therapy Fitness in Tallahassee's Midtown.
Teams can sponsor bikes and keep riders on them throughout the event.
The event will also feature an array of family-friendly activities including a bounce house, face painting, guest speakers, food and more.
Cycling for a Cure will be an indoor "cycle-a-thon". Teams can sponsor bikes and keep "ryders" on them throughout the event.