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60 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Aug. 8 - Aug. 14, 2003 Kad Chalabala photo With a dolphin looking over their shoulders for good luck, Jeff, Allie and Dave Dietz smile over another trip to Re- hoboth and the excitement of Jeff's 1,000 mile ride for the children. Bicyclist to pedal across country for ill children By Karl Chalabala Recent events displayed the power of a man and his bicycle. Lance Armstrong, a cancer sur- vivor, triumphed for the fifth time at the Tour de France this year. Pedaling the mountainous terrain of France over two months and winning brings Sportscenter noto- riety and laurels from the world. A different kind of celebration will need to be held for Jeff Dietz. Dietz plans to pedal 1,000 miles to raise money for outreach and education of ill children. "A 1,000 mile bike ride for our greatest natural resource, chil- dren," Dietz said. "It's a chance to give back to the community, to show the courage the critically ill children have I've been very lucky in my life and I'm thankful for my health. I'm going to con- tribute what I can contribute." Dietz's niece Allie, 9, suffers from Typel diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes - a condition characterized by high blood glu- cose levels caused by a total lack of insulin. It occurs when the body's immune system attacks the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas and destroys them. The pancreas then produces little or no insulin. Type 1 diabetes develops most often in young people but can appear in adults. Allie manages her insulin level everyday on her own - nine years old and testing her blood sugar and giving herself shots approxi- mately five times a day. She was five when she was diagnosed and will have to manage her diabetes for the rest of her life. Dietz crossed the country once before on a bicycle to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foun- dation, one of the charities this ride will benefit. "I thinks it is excellent," Allie said of her uncle's ride. "It really makes a big difference. It would take a lot of courage." "Allie is really my inspiration for this trip," Dietz said. On his last trip Dietz found the reception of local people to go above and beyond his expecta- tions. "More often than not someone would see my bicycle and trailer and ask what I am doing," Dietz Continued on page 63 Continuing Exhibition Con'text, n. I Con'test, n. Awonooflncm   Paintings and.assemblagby Roberta Morgan Julie Wolter David Jones Coastal q;rameshop and Gallery 4284 /'hu one O;av=n cvg'e c.ufar) P.ehol'h Beach, D'"19971 3022278704